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The Naked Lady

by taking off the mask (writer), Los Angeles, September 02, 2010

Credit: getty images
She just stood there naked, did she have no shame?

While taking a walk to get coffee I had no idea what stood ahead

While taking a walk,

I saw a woman totally nude standing against a wall.

She had her designer purse covering her between her hips area

and one arm covering her breast.

She was beautiful no doubt.

She just stood there perfectly straight

as if she wanted people to take pictures.

Cars slowed down and peeked

Men especially looked at her body in a desirable way

women covered their children's eyes

or tried getting them to look else where.

Most of the guys tried hiding their stares

but I followed their eyes

caught them red handed.

No Police seemed to care.

a few people seemed to show disgust as did I.

how can we allow her to stand here,

nude, for all to see?

I sipped my coffee as I tried to understand,

but couldn't.

How was she allowed to just stand there

for all to see?

did she have no shame?

Call me old fashioned

but I didn't find it appropriate.

how can the United States allow this?

how can we allow women to be sex images

in order to sell things.

How can we show no concern in our children's purity.

I shook my head and walked away

from the lady

on billboard.

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By Angie Alaniz on September 03, 2010 at 01:34 am

I thought that was you "mask" shaking your head looking up at me. I told them they had no right to post me there, but no one cared.

Melody, i'll be in Paris soon, care to come with me? Where the people are much at ease, and live to please?


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By taking off the mask on September 03, 2010 at 07:45 am

@angie, I'm afraid I don't understand the first part of your post

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By Jack Bates on September 03, 2010 at 09:32 am

@Mask I love the way you presented this essay/poem/opinion piece on pop-culture in a very pop-culture format. Well done.

I have a completely different view and opinion. I think that if the worst thing a person wants to do is walk around they way they were born, then so be in. All of the reactions, the narrator's and all the people she is "catching red handed" are due to their own personal issues, and not a naked lady.

That said, I enjoyed reading your writing. The Naked Lady has a stance, a unique point of view, nice twist at the end, and is the kind of unique writing that keeps bringing me back to Broo.

Great job!

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By Angie Alaniz on September 03, 2010 at 12:51 pm

@Mask, I was joking around pretending the naked lady was me.

*Your poem is well written and does present excellent points of view.

I also agree with Jack, I think that the different kinds of reactions of people views are also due to peoples personal issues, not so much the naked lady.

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By taking off the mask on September 03, 2010 at 02:10 pm

@ angie - oh haha my bad. I've been told I'm a bit slow in the past.

@ jack - thanks for all the non stop support

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By Barkha Dhar on September 03, 2010 at 02:32 pm

That's such a creative way to convey a social message!. Your poem/piece beautifully conveys the ways women are being killed softly and that's a shame. Thanks for sharing it

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By taking off the mask on September 03, 2010 at 05:15 pm

@ barkha thank you so much, im glad you enjoyed my piece

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By Ray Colon on September 03, 2010 at 05:38 pm

I enjoyed this and can understand the viewpoint expressed on the inappropriateness of objectifying women to sell things. I'm the father of daughters, so I would not want them participating in something like this, but I won't go as far as you have in wondering why it is legal. The model is revealing no more than would be seen on any beach. I think that the pose and the place may have had a lot to do with your reaction.

Rather than wondering if she had "no shame" we could consider that many people have done quite well for themselves by trading on their looks -- at least initially, to get the attention that allows them to obtain entry into areas, such as acting.

It's not a path that I would recommend, but it's not a path that I would condemn a person for taking either. Ray

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 07, 2010 at 02:46 am

Well read and interesting piece. But why only a naked woman and not man? I think although we believe in freedom, we should have some respect for human beings. Women should not be used for selling goods. I personally do offer as much as posssible respect to women, anyway everyone is free.

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By taking off the mask on September 07, 2010 at 10:03 am

@ mugisho - :) good to know there are men who respect women these days

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