When my boyfriend sent me a link to a video showcasing a new app, developed by a model herself, Melina Dimarco, I immediately thought to myself this will be a cool thing to talk about in my blog, until I noticed the comments on the video and realised my article might take a different turn.
So, what is this app? Nood Life, as it’s named, (according to their Instagram account) is “an app that covers your ladyparts, sort of. Currently fighting the man. The man as in the App Store.” The coverage part means applying cartoon like stickers on top of the offensive bits, such as skin coloured nipples and lady parts. Oh, and they also cover mens’ nipples with things like rainbows, fried eggs and pink breast cancer bows.
Anyone who’d like at their Instagram feed , would quickly realise that what this app is aiming for is to encourage body positive attitudes across the media rather than encouraging young women to send nudes all across the web, which is what majority of people leaving comments on this app video insinuated.
The way I see this is a revolution, a movement against the body and slut shaming of women across all ages and body shapes, something that’s very evident in attitudes of those censoring and reporting images across Instagram and Facebook.
If anything it’s a ridicule of today’s double standards across social media.
A bigger sized girl wants to post a selfie whether with underwear or implied nude? Good luck not getting reported. A mum wants to post a photo of breastfeeding a baby? Not long until it’ll offend someone and get taken down. As I spoke in my other article , nudity is allowed and accepted for those who are wealthy, already established as artists / models internationally, or ones who simply have grown a great following with images showcasing their perfect physique and lifestyle, that people aspire to.
But what caught my attention were the comments (mostly from women by the way!):
“And why is this acceptable for social media!! If you’re gonna put up naked pictures then you need to get some self respect.”
” Wtf why the fuck do people want nudity on social media so fucking bad. Is everyone just that horny where porn isnt good enough instead they have to scar children for life. There are ten year old on this shit. Like what the fuck goes through your head.”
“Some of us don’t want to see your nips and saggy lips. Fuck off and attention seek elsewhere.”
“I would never want to be with some slut who puts her body online for the world to see, even ginger people have to much self respect for that shit!” (on a side note, what do ginger people have to do with this? Mystery)
“More to the point, who loves themselves enough to take pictures of themselves naked ?? What is wrong with clothes and a smile people!?!?”
“Yeah let’s just glorify being a social media slag we don’t have enough of that already.”
Luckily, that’s just one half (part? hopefully) of our society. Not everyone is narrow-minded enough not to realise that this app is a part of a bigger movement emphasising the unfair differences and inequality in censorship, as some of the comments pointed it out. I am glad that there are people who understand that nude imagery cannot be stuck in one bag called ‘porn’, but that there are other reasons why nude images exist and are posted all around the media.
Because to some it’s an outlet of self love, such as taking self portraits, to some it’s creating a beautiful photograph encouraging their nude subjects to fall in love with their bodies once more, and there are plenty of other reasons that go on and on, and it made my day seeing the responses of people from the other side of the spectrum.
Here’s to all of you, who see nudity for what it is: a natural state. Here’s to all of you who encourage others to love yourself and your body, and not shame you.
“Any girl with respect for herself would make her own choices and not let others decide for her what she should and shouldn’t upload.”
“It is beautiful and a lot more then just sexual. You ever notice in ancient Greece beauty was captured through nudity? Pure artistic appreciation for the human body. It’s not about respect or modesty it’s about art. You just fail to see its not for sexual attention.”
” Why can I not see a naked body which is Beautiful but I can see people killing each other in the most horrible ways? I think the world needs to grow the up!”
“This entire comment thread explains why women need to get nude more. it also shows exactly how butt hurt people get in the infamous year of 2016.”
“Why do people have a problem with nudity in the first place.”
So, app or no app, our attitudes regarding nudity need to start changing and catch up with the times we live in.
Will you dare to bare?
All images taken from Nood Life Instagram account. Find them here.