Outrage at Sexy Virgin Mary Fashion Models

The prominent Chilean fashion designer, Ricardo Oyarzun, has sparked outrage in his country by dressing up models to look like the Virgin Mary. On its own this wouldn't be so grave if it wasn't for the fact that they look quite sexy, in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts.

The Roman Catholic Church has obviously condemned the designer and attempts to block the show by conservatives were unsuccessful in court. The poor innocent Oyarzun said he had received telephone threats and had excrement smeared on his doorstep. "There is no pornography here, there's no sex, there are no virgins menstruating or feeling each other up," Oyarzun said in a rather tactless quote. "This is artistic expression."

Although I suspect Oyarzun must have known this was likely to offend, the fact that the courts have allowed the fashion show to go ahead is a small indication that Chile is becoming a tad more liberal. However, the culture of prudishness and guilt so cultivated through the doctrine of original sin permeates Catholicism. With no sexual naturalism in their teachings it is no surprise that so many choose a deviant path. Mocking the Virgin Mary becomes an iconic show of strength between social mores whose influence will fade away very quickly. Much harder to change is the idea that there is no original sin.

Original at my Asylum Joy blog

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Comment by Chiropteran on January 19, 2009 at 10:03pm
Yeah, the classic Madonna/Whore view of women's sexuality. *yawn* . How cliche.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 19, 2009 at 4:29am
The Church should read some 17th century English poetry! A common theme/image was the Church as a woman with countless lovers: men were in and out of her all the time.
r.e. a fashion show: if you don't have talent of the competition's too tough, then use shock and outrage, esp. sexual. It works better than a charm.



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