dr manhattan’s penis

23 03 2009

My partner & I went to see Watchmen a week or so back. We’d both read the graphic novel on which the movie is quite faithfully based, and we’d heard a fair amount of the buzz leading up to the film. So we weren’t surprised to see the full frontal male nudity that is featured throughout both renditions of the story.

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the reviews, but I saw one where the reviewer acted a bit offended by the sight of dr manhattan’s penis in the film, and made comments to the effect of “I wouldn’t let my kids watch this.” What strikes me as ridiculous about that comment is that it is based solely on the presence of genitalia, not on the frequent graphic violence that is also integral to the story. Once again, the [violence|nudity] double-standard rears its head. It’s okay for kids to watch a man get his arms cut off, or to see someone explode in bloody, gooey mess, but heaven forfend they see a penis! That would scar them!

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23 03 2009
Rick

People’s values sure seem to be mixed up. I would think that graphic violence would be more traumatic than the mere sight of a penis, especially if the penis is seen in a non-sexual context. It just isn’t logical.

23 03 2009
local nudist

The penis was never even a focal point. It was there, incidentally, in a couple of shots, but there were no close-ups or gratuitous crotch shots. It really was just incidental nudity, and nobody in the theater made a fuss about it.

23 03 2009
All Nudist

NYPD Blue, bare butt. Scandal. Does anybody remember what the episode was about other than we saw a guy butt on regular TV?

Graphic violence? Isn’t that the American Way? Kill, OK. Sex, nope. Except, whever we can get away with it. Violence is ok for kids, healthy sexual relationships between consenting adults aren’t.

And for God’s sake, DON’T LET THEM SEE A PENIS!

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