Censorship - or Homophobia?


Is ModelMayhem.com homophobic
or just afraid of male nudity??
 
 
On Valentine’s Day, I was informed by ModelMayhem.com that they were suspending my membership on their website.  Apparently the moderators of this website have deemed my work as too "mature" for their standards.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this website, it is a public forum for those associated with the fashion industry; models, photographers, stylists, MUAs etc. It is an online resource for both professionals and amateurs alike and serves to provide a mechanism for passive promotion.
I have been a member of this site for many years. During this time period, moderators of ModelMayhem have repeatedly perused my portfolio there and deemed some of my images as too “Mature” and have flagged them as such.  Unfortunately, we do not seem to agree on the definition of what is actually mature.

I have studied many portfolios of my heterosexual counterparts on ModelMayhem and have often been caught aback by the truly hardcore pornographic images of women. There are many, many images of women on ModelMayhem that graphically display female genitalia in a disturbingly lewd manner. In studying these images, it has caused me to wonder why the moderators did not see these images as pornographic, but were so quick to deem my images of males as too “mature” for their standards.
To be fair, I take pride in representing men in a highly sensual manner. But I also take great care in doing so with a careful eye toward not portraying them in a pornographic way. I study and then capture their masculinity respectfully. Many of my images that ModelMayhem which chose to identify as mature, were images that did not display the genitalia of these male models, and in my viewpoint, were not mature whatsoever – but artistic and editorial in nature.

It is true that everyone has their opinion of what is art, versus what is pornography. So it occurs to me that the moderators who were so quick to judge my work with men as “adult”, and turn a blind eye to images of women that I construed as “porn”, must certainly be viewing the work through a heterosexual lens. One is called to wonder if there is perhaps a double standard here; pussy = art, penis = porn?
The following links will illustrate my point of what ModelMayhem deems to be “art”:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/1094738

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/4740966

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/1319665

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/5408288

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/6286331

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/8337717

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/2161835


ModelMayhem is a resource to an industry (Fashion) that has a sizeable percentage of gay professionals. So it is alarming to me to consider that there might be a widespread squeamishness over the nude male body....that blatant fear does cause one to wonder:

Could ModelMayhem.com - really be homophobic??

Below are the screen captures of the portfolio that I had once posted on ModelMayhem.com.  Note that most images marked with an "M", were identified by ModelMayhem as "Mature".
Hmmm. Really?
You be the judge.

To those talented, creative individuals out there who are evolved, and do not want to support Homophobic institutions. Let your own conscience be your guide.

I welcome your feedback.






























































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