• Tue, Jul 2 2013

Brooklyn Male Figure Drawing Class Ruins Bachelorette Parties By Making Them Educational

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In a world where straight women are made to pretend they don’t like looking at naked men most of the time, bachelorette parties, with their male strippers and giant penis cakes, have become one of few safe spaces for female lasciviousness in mainstream culture. But that’s all about to change, because a company in Brooklyn called The Artful Bachelorette is classing up the concept by turning it into…a class. As in school. As in something you probably don’t want to attend in lieu of getting drunk and touching people.

According to the company’s founders, figure drawing class is a nice way to continue one’s art education look at nude models (not strippers! strippers are gross!) without having to interact with them too much.

Via The New York Daily News:

“When there’s a stripper, you end up humiliating the bride (if she) has to get a lap dance,” said Fleur Childs, an Australian who co-founded the Brooklyn-based alternative bachelorette company with her childhood friend Samara Hodgson. “None of our models are strippers.”

That’s true, of course, but they still strip. As in all the way to the buff. And the guests still giggle like strip club habitues.

While it all sounds like a bit of silly fun, and probably a lot less shrill than your usual bachelorette party, I have to wonder who the target market is for this. Serious artists would probably pass, as they know figure drawing class is not about ogling naked people. And if someone is not a serious artist…well, why force everyone to sit and draw quietly when they could be rubbing all up on those abs?

It’s definitely possible to have fun art parties; Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, for example, invites people to draw burlesque performers “in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality.” But by setting itself up as a classier alternative to a strip show, rather than a more fun alternative to art school, The Artful Bachelorette sets off all kinds of hypocrite alarm bells. Plus, as someone who had to fend off creeps while working as a nude model, I sort of hate the idea of (further) conflating art modeling with titillation.

And this goes without saying, but hey guys, it’s 2013. Perhaps we can stop pretending like women stop having eyes just because we’ve found mates, and like we only like to look at penises when someone we know is about to get married? Good talk.

(Via TheCut)

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  • Eileen

    This sounds like a terrible idea. If a bride is embarrassed by the idea of having a lap dance, can’t she just tell her girlfriends, “I don’t want a lap dances, thanks,” and trust them, as her friends, to respect her wishes? I’m not a serious artist, but if someone is posing for me to draw his picture, I’m going to concentrate on drawing his picture and miss out on the whole talking and giggling and drinking with my friends that was the main point of having a party.

    • KathleenCat

      I am an artist, and I can’t imagine anyone would have fun with me being all, “Dude, can’t you sit still? I’m trying to draw here!”
      I can get a little grouchy in Serious Artist mode.