Dec 9, 2009

I don't want to, but I can't not.

So, per our usual, the carpoolers and I found ourselves pondering a curious and oddly self-revealing topic and I can’t get it out of my head. Fans of Poodleism, brace yourselves for a bizarre post.

The captain of our pack presented a hypothetical situation for us all to deliberate. If presented with a nude photo of one of our co-workers would we look at it? I’m not exactly sure how this came to the forefront of our chatting agenda, but it’s recurred a few times since.

The co-worker in question is a particularly creepy and skulky man who nobody really knows what to make of. The kind of guy who’s pretty quiet until you accidentally brush him in the hallway and then awkwardly shuffle your feet to make a quick exit from the situation.

If we were in possession of a nude picture of this, would we look? The two girls in the conversation immediately barked “NO WAY JOSE.” But the boys said they’d look. Not would they want to look, but just would they look. Upon further examination of this conundrum, we all reached the decision that we would pretty much look at a nude photograph of anyone if it were just laying on the table in front of us. It’s not a question of the desire to see, but the inability to look away. And I definitely think this is true. If you were presented with the opportunity to see miscellaneous people in everyday life naked, I bet you’d do it. Just for curiosity’s sake.

This brings me to my next question, are we just disgusting freaks or is it the curse of the human race not to be able to resist the sight of others naked? I feel odd about the whole situation, but have given it some thought and I don’t think I’d be able to turn down that opportunity. Wouldn’t ask for it, but wouldn’t say no. I’m wierded out at myself.


  1. Dear Ms. Poodleiser,

    First off, looking at naked pictures - regardless of who it is - does not a "disgusting freak" make. It's perfectly natural.

    I think the real question to ask here is: "how were said pictures obtained?" For example, I had the greatest moral dilemma of my long life this summer when the Erin Andrews pictures were leaked. Despite my desire to view such material, a self-imposed censorship was handed down due to the scumbag manner in which it was obtained.

    So, if your co-worker provided the pornographic pictures of himself: in the clear. If obtained through unethical means: put the kibosh on that shiz.

    With that said, I enjoy Poodleism's voracious attack on cyber-contemporary moralism.


  2. If there wasn't such a taboo placed on the naked human body, there wouldn't be quite the infatuation with it. However, since Americans are pretty puritanical, the naked body has come to mean much more than it is, thus making it a bigger deal than it is to see the naked picture. And for the record, I would definitely look at it.


Thanks for the comment! I"m sending you a big cuddly warm bearhug through the interwebs....



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