While I realise the young lady needs to protect her modesty, allowing a Burmese Python to totally encircle her neck is a bit risqué. Fortunately though there is a coffin conveniently placed in the room.
The Polish tentacle of the Catholic church is less than impressed with a local coffin-making outfit which punts its wares by draping disrobed women across its caskets. The 2013 Lindner calendar (NSFW) features a series of provocative images, including Miss March - presumably called Eve, and who's apparently been beamed onto …
You're getting confused between 'risky' and 'risqué, which is perfectly understandable in this situation.
I'm not an expert, but if you run your eyes along the sinuous and slender body of the python, you will notice the gently undulating curves of its slender body, which may indicate that it has been regularly fed in the recent past, to make it calm and languid.
Never mind Burns or the Catholic church. If you have been around the continent long enough you will recognise this as something made for predominantly German consumption.
I have a whole raft of (fairly decent actually) German made "road" or "bedtime" mixes on CDs from the noughties I bought for ~ .99c each off some fire sales (guitar instrumentals, hard rock mixes, etc). Most of these have the _SAME_ visual style for their booklets and sleeves. There this will not even raise an eyebrow or warrant a move to the upper shelf.
By the way, the picture "quoted" by el-reg is one of the worst in the calendar. Some of the others are considerably higher level (from the art perspective). Example: http://calendarlindner.com/images/2013/big7.jpg or http://calendarlindner.com/images/2013/big1.jpg (second one NSFW, first one will pass most moral police limitations).
2012 and they still are unable to understand their hot air just creates a massive amount of media interest in what they are currently being stupid about.
retards the lot of them tbh (this is multi-faith btw!! insert any idiot claiming to believe in a divine being from any religion)
Yeah, I know I've been guilty of saying "sex sells" in the past, but this may be the exception. I'm not really sure any grieving individual trying to pick out a coffin for a beloved member of their family is going to be in the right frame of mind to be tempted by a nudie calendar. Pirelli's calendar I can understand, it will be hung in workshops where greasy male mechanics will lear at it, but you expect that from workshop staff. I would not expect the director of a funeral parlour to behave in the same manner.
Not sure I want to agree with catholics on anything, but
<http://calendarlindner.com/images/2013/big7.jpg> shows a woman dragging coffins away from a sinking ship (tasteless)
<http://calendarlindner.com/images/2013/big8.jpg> shows something nasty that if a bloke was shown doing to a woman... decide for yourself. She's holding a kind of 3-bladed knife, to match the cuts.
<http://calendarlindner.com/images/2013/big11.jpg> is some chick ripping some organ out through a hole in a guy's chest.
I don't like violence and I really, really don't like it mixed with associations/intimations of sex.
You raise a valid and difficult point. Perhaps I may counter by saying that of course anything consensual is ok by definition, but if it is consensual violence then in my eyes it is not violence but rough play, however rough that may be.
That risks just being a matter of semantics, I grant.
So images of blood & injury...? We know they aren't as they appear here but people may recognise it as acceptable (they aren't real) yet still find it distasteful (which is why your kind of BDSM/violence/rough play is fine but I don't want it's imagery in the streets) but it may be disturbing to children who would not understand the context of it. I know as a kid I would have (yes, think of the children, please forgive me this once).
Separately I do not want sex being used to sell things unrelated to sex. It devalues sex.
I think I stepped on a minefield here...
I don't know, it's still violence- though sometimes there is a "safeword". If you've asked someone physically stronger than you, or skilled in martial arts to beat you down, then the violence can be very real indeed- even if you asked/begged for it. They might be trying to not to kill you, but that doesn't make the strikes, chokes and general beatdowns any less.. real.
The image that you objected to, of the restrained man with deep bleeding cuts.. well, that's also not so unusual with some folks. Without burdening you with upsetting details, I have been restrained physically while my then partner got up to no good with a large hunting knife- which she found even more mind-shattering than I did, I think.
It probably does end up as a matter of semantics though, I agree.
That said, I think we might be secretly agreeing in the appropriateness or lack thereof of this on a calendar- unless it was a very.. specialist feelthy one, which wasn't hung anywhere likely to upset people with a legitimate reason to see it. I also think that
"I do not want sex being used to sell things unrelated to sex. It devalues sex."
..is an excellent point, and well made. However much of a freak/pervert you are or aren't, this is seems like an excellent sentiment.
In any case, notional hat tip to you, sir/madam, for a reasonable and reasoned response. Who'd have thunk it, around here?
"shows a woman dragging coffins away from a sinking ship (tasteless)"
Agree. She should be dragging it towards the ship!
"She's holding a kind of 3-bladed knife, to match the cuts."
That's called Hell, man. It's not supposed to be a walk in the park!
"is some chick ripping some organ out through a hole in a guy's chest"
But if it's done on CSI NY, it's OK then, right? Isn't it a typical double standard?
Now I know they're doing it for charity, and its probably quite respectable, but the thought did cause me a monetary shudder... This morning I went for coffee and a bacon roll and was offered a copy of the Greggs Calendar Girls 2013 Calendar.
10 out of 10 for helping Children In Need
So the article was marked NSFW.
And the picture was edited with Vultures to be on the safe side.
The article is then added to the Spotlight feature on the homepage with a section of cropped picture that doesn't include the vultures making the ENTIRE El Reg homepage TOTALLY NSFW!
Hence why I'm posting this from my personal tablet. But more please.
Not only are they getting nudity mixed up with sex, they didn't read the Bible: Eve ate the fruit (apple in this photo) because the snake said it was a good idea, and she eventually died (coffin). Pretty cool if you ask me. Don't like the idea of death? Talk to Eve about it.
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