I agree.Originally Posted by mattlock
In western societies, nudity or semi-nudity is not seen as a big hoo-haa. It won't make headlines in any newspapers like in S'pore.
In Singapore, I have raised enough eyebrows and caused enough stirs by simply shooting gals in bikinis. Young and supposedly westernise Singaporean women have given me weird looks when I open my portfolio. You can imagine lingerie to be even worse, and if I publicly displayed my nude work, I'll be next in the news headlines!
Very roughly about 2 years ago, a young S'porean teen gal living in Simei made The New Paper front page for owning 50 bikinis! Come on, it's only bikinis for crying out loud. What next? Find a young gal who owns 50 g-strings?
Clearly, Singapore and many Singaporeans are still very conservative and uptight about showing skin. Many are pretentious about their claims that they are "open-minded" and "accepting" of liberal issues.
During the time of opposition MP Steve Chia's nude photo scandal, 2 local TV shows on Channel I and Channel U (if I recall the channels correctly) went on air about artistic nude photography in S'pore. In 1 of the programmes, the reporter did find out that Singaporeans harbour a hypocritical opinion about nudity. They (claim to) accept it, it can happen on others, but not on their own family members. (I recorded both programmes and had them archived into VCD format. I think it's the best publicised proof of the nation's hypocrisy.)
Singapore's highly boasted "world class" education system has its carefully censored unpublicised shortcomings. How much art is offered in schools? Despite all the efforts by the government to promote and improve the arts in S'pore, it has not reached the kind of level present in a western society. Moreover, the mindset of most Singaporeans are still along the lines of "art/sport has no future". Most Singaporeans can't really appreciate art, much less nudity in/as art, at least not in the way westerners do. The art we enjoy are most commonly are Hollywood blockbusters and porno movies.
I could make headlines (although negative ones) in S'pore by posting my nude work on the web but what for? To be labelled even more as a "pervert" by a majority of Singaporeans who know nuts? I rather do it if I know my audience are more mature and art-appreciative westerners.