A movie that promotes pedophilia received four nominations and took home a win for Best Adapted Screenplay but that wasn’t enough for the man who wrote Call Me By Your Name’s script to be fully happy. The writer, James Ivory, who made the world watch a grown man almost lick the remnants of a teenage orgasm out of a peach is upset that there wasn’t full-frontal nudity from men in the movie. I’m not sure of James’ sexuality but with a movie like this and him openly protesting the lack of penis, he may like men. Which is fine. But if he had just asked almost any heterosexual man within arms reach about their past experiences of showing their personal full-frontals to an audience he would have instantly become aware how much most of the world hates to look at penises. Unfortunately every minute there is man who is blocked after exposing his most intimate parts in a photo to a woman that he just met. Dick discrimination is real.
Ivory spoke candidly about his thoughts on the lack of nudity, saying:
When Luca Guadagnino (CMBYN’s director) says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue. He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it, so when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to — well, that’s just bullshit.
I’m all for equality but not every guy has a glorious photogenic phallus. Male genitalia comes in way more aesthetic options than female genitalia, which is the main reason why women being naked on film is widely accepted. The only prerequisite for women is for their outer labia to not hang loosely like the neck of a turkey. With men there’s the circumcised or uncircumcised argument and everything in-between with the possibility to offend at least a few people after they get a gander.
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