Androgynous Model Censored In US Bookstores

Jodi - posted on 05/18/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Barnes and Noble and Borders in the US have reportedly censored a magazine cover featuring an image of androgynous model Andrej Pejic topless because he "looks too female".



According to media reports, the bookstores have requested that the latest issue of Dossier magazine be wrapped in opaque paper in order not to "offend" customers.



Although Barnes and Noble and Borders have been quick to defend their decision, stating that Pejiclooked "too much like a woman", other media outlets are outraged over what they say is "blatant discrimination".



"Pejic is a man -and pictures of shirtless men, in Western culture, are not considered 'obscene,' said jezebel.com. "So why is Pejic's cover getting the same treatment as a porno mag?"



The creative director of Dossier, Skye Parrott, admitted he was surprised by the decision to censor the image of Pejic, saying, "it seems that it probably made people uncomfortable. But that's part of what's interesting about the cover, I think, is that it's playing with those ideas of gender roles. He's topless, you can see that he's a man, but if you look at his face, he looks like a woman and he's so beautiful..."



Although there's been no comment from Pejic yet, the Melbourne model said just last month that he was "enjoying the ride", which so far has seen him take to the catwalks of Paris and represent Australian department store Myer.



"Andrej represents the 'universal,'" Myer CEO Bernie Brookes explained at the time. "The way we tolerate and are patient with all kinds of differences now."



http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/marie-clai...



You will need to go to the article to see the model (it does not show the actual censored photographs - I am still looking for those).



Edited to Add:

Found it:

http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/fashi...





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Jocelyn - posted on 05/18/2011

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I'm going to agree, he's very pretty!

I don't see anything wrong with his photo. You can clearly tell that he IS a man, but hell even if it was a woman I wouldn't care....boobs are awesome.

Krista - posted on 05/18/2011

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He IS pretty! And frankly, I think it's a shame they're covering it. There might be some trans kids out there who would have found it very heartening to see a photo that defies gender expectations in such a gorgeous way.

And you know what? Even if it had been a woman, who frigging cares? Maybe if we saw boobs more often in an artistic (as opposed to prurient) way, we wouldn't be so freaked out when we see a mother using her breasts to feed her kid.

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Krista - posted on 05/18/2011

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Oh, FFS! It's okay for a female model or actor to have the cleavage of her D-cups hanging out, but a bare male chest is offensive? Some people need to relax...

Jenny - posted on 05/18/2011

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This reinforces my beleif that the torso is only offensive if it is or resembles a woman. We're a terribly offensive gender and must remain covered at all times.

Who will think of the children? Those pecs may be mistaken for boobs! Boooobs!

JuLeah - posted on 05/18/2011

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My thoughts? We are a mess and it is no wonder that other nations laugh at us

Jenn - posted on 05/18/2011

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Wow...what a beautiful man! It is silly to censor...he has a lovely feminine face but obviously he is a man and last I checked man nipples are perfectly acceptable to see in public.

Jaime - posted on 05/18/2011

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If it had been a cover page with Mark Addy, would they be censoring that one as well? I'm pretty sure his man boobs are bigger than mine! It's absurd the kinds of things we find offensive these days. I agree that maybe if we saw more boobs, they wouldn't be so friggin' taboo. It's just flesh and glands ffs!

Tara - posted on 05/18/2011

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He sure is Purty....
lol
I see no issue here. They shouldn't have pulled the covers, or need to cover them. The guys is a guy, he doesn't have boobs. Just because his chest if probably waxed and smooth and his body looks more like a women's than a man's so what?
He's pretty.

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