• Tue, Nov 1 2011

Scarlett Johansson Is Sort Of Sex-Worker Positive In Talking About Her Nude Photos

If there’s one thing Scarlett Johansson is not sorry about, it’s having taken nude photos. And she shouldn’t be sorry — she’s a grown-ass woman, with a camera of her own, and the right to do whatever she wants with her body, and so on.

Still, some actresses would have taken the low road in dealing with the naked picture scandal that ultimately sent the FBI on the trail of some 35-year-old dude with an uncanny ability to guess celebrities’ passwords. They may have begged for forgiveness from the pearl-clutching set, or played dumb about how those photos ever got on their phone, or said that they were high on Quaaludes when the pictures were taken (for instance). [tagbox tag="Scarlett-Johansson"]

But not our ScarJo. Instead, she has this to say of the photos in the December issue of Vanity Fair: “I know my best angles…They were sent to my husband…There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno…Although there’s nothing wrong with that either.”

So, there’s a lot to digest, but first of all, I’m going to go ahead and call bullshit on the “sent to my husband” bit.

Bullshit.

Those weren’t sent to anyone’s husband. Those looked like the kind of pictures that you take when you’re by yourself and bored. If you’re trying to titillate your husband, who has already seen you from every angle, including ones that aren’t your best, you don’t send artsy nudes.

However, kudos to Scarlett for saying that there’s nothing wrong with taking racy pics — way to be sex-positive. There is nothing wrong with that. What’s wrong is someone hacking your phone and spreading your personal photos on the internet.

Now, the next part of the statement is where it gets a little murky for me. I applaud ScarJo for being bold enough to say that there’s nothing wrong with making a porno, because there isn’t, and most public figures wouldn’t have the balls to go there. But I’m going to get a little nitpicky here, and point out that the subtle implication of saying “It’s not like I was shooting a porno, although there’s nothing wrong with that either,” is that there’s nothing wrong with other people shooting porn, but I would never do that.

It’s a distinction that’s definitely part of the common vernacular — like women who take pole dancing classes but look down on strippers. It reinforces a hierarchy among women and what we do with our sexuality, but just very, very quietly, almost as if it’s a hierarchy that barely needs mentioning. Housewives are inherently better than strippers, we are supposed to think. Scarlett Johansson is inherently better than porn actresses.

Now, in this case, it’s probably safe to say that ScarJo will never make a porn. That seems like a fair assumption. But that doesn’t make her better, in any sense, than porn actresses. It just makes her on a different career path.

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  • Jamie Peck

    Never say never.

  • Tobi

    I don’t think the “sent to husband” part is bullshit just because they’re artsy nudes.

    • Tania

      I agree, actually. Just because she was trying to titillate her husband doesn’t mean she has to take full-on naked crotch shots, and just because he’s seen her naked at every angle doesn’t mean he’s suddenly not turned on by a good picture of her butt.

  • slogreport

    well I am sure most people do not have a problem with them either. Most people are trying to see if she will find anyone to slog with at slogreport.com

    • Canaduck

      Screw off, spammer.

  • Nancy

    Well she probably just meant she respects herself too much to do porn

  • Abigail

    I think it’s bull to say she didn’t send them to her husband just because of the type of shot they are. I actually send photos to my husband now and then when he’s traveling on long trips, and I do my best to make them tasteful, attractive photos, not raunchy crotch shots like we sometimes see.

  • greg

    I’ve gotten artsy shots of my naked girlfriends. The naked female body is a beautiful thing, even when she’s not spreading her crotch wide open for me. And who cares if she sublety disagreeing with making a porno. Maybe she doesn’t agree with it for one reason or another. She’s not being mean about expressing her opinion on it, so who cares?

  • sarah

    There are crotch shots and crotch shots, one of the best my husband keeps framed in the bathroom is one of my closed pussy taken – still wet from a shower at a boudoir session, and thats really neat. The pussy can look really lovely without having it spread wide !

  • Chris

    Everything about this article is nonsense. The author has no knowledge of Scarlett Johansson’s state of mind or intentions when taking the pictures and there’s nothing in her statement that implies that she considers herself too good to make a porn. The one thing worthy of disagreeing about in her statement is that there’s nothing wrong with making a porn. I mean, there’s a lot of woman hating in a lot of porn a lot of porn actresses are really unhappy people.

    • Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

      I guess you must know every porn actress, which allows you to do the math and conclude that “a lot of” them are really unhappy.

      I mean, that’s how you know that, right?

  • sarah

    Chris, this talk about women and porn is hypothetical. I went for boudoir photography, and had a good day with the guy – was that porn, no it was me enjoying exhibitionist tendencies with a stranger.

  • GJay

    Wow, I enjoyed parts of this article..however I do not agree with the last part.

    She’s saying to each its own.
    Don’t take her words out of context and make her out to be someone she is not.

    Crappy example but its basically like saying, “I don’t want an iphone but its okay if someone else wants one.”
    It doesn’t mean I don’t like Iphones or I think they’re garbage.
    It just means I don’t want one..Point blank.

    • Kj

      Exactly!

    • Dan

      Wrong. It’s like saying “*I* would NEVER get an iPhone, not that there’s anything wrong with that.” It definitely implies that there is something wrong with being in porn.

  • Carwell

    She is perfectly free to say and to do anything she feels comfortable with. Doing anything porn is perfectly normal for any human being.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TJ6GFKAYR54GRU65KMYEZ7SXMU Trilby

    Jesus christ she’s sexy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnny-Medina/1745340335 Johnny Medina

    Whoa, hater-writer of this article.