I Posed Naked With My Elementary Best Friend After 14 Years And It Wasn’t Well Received

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I Posed Naked With My Elementary Best Friend After 14 Years And It Wasn’t Well Received

 

Do you know the common denominator of homosexuality and yoga? Homosexuality isn’t well received in the Philippines despite it claiming to be the “gay-friendliest country in Asia.”  I have experienced it first hand. And yoga isn’t something that people consider as feasible to do and most of the time frowned upon.

 

Frowned upon.

 

Yes, being frowned upon is the common denominator of homosexuality and yoga. What more if you put them together. Plus, you do nude yoga and the close-minded people broke lose reporting the artistic photos as pornographic.

 

Last week, I had the privilege to pose nude with my elementary best friend, Katrina, after 14 years. Never in my life did I see myself posing nude in front of the camera. I’ve been in photo shoots as a makeup artist but not as the subject. And to tell you quite honestly, it was one of the most liberating things that I’ve ever made so far. It blew me away acknowledging the idea of you doing the craft that you are passionate about while sending the messages of body positivity, fitness, and artistry amidst nudity.

 

But as they say, you can’t please everyone. True enough, after I posted the teasers of the shoot, some of the photos were reported but were later on reinstated by Facebook.

 

Without (or with) further ado, here are the photos that I am happy to share.

 

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Photography by: Franchesca Jinel Franco

 

As mentioned, the photos weren’t well received by some. Some photos that I’ve posted were reported and reinstated later on by Facebook. With that, I made a lengthy post about it dated August 21, 2017, 10:20AM.

 

Hi Reporter. Here’s a new set of photos that you can report.

I’ll post this in English because, just like what you did to my previous nude yoga poses, it’ll be reinstated by Facebook for reasons that 1. this isn’t porn, 2. I’m coercing you to unfriend me from now on which you obviously aren’t doing, 3. you are out of your mind blurring the line between nude art and pornography.

Let me start giving you the brief of the shoot. This was inspired by the song of Devin Townsend Project entitled “Divine.” It talks about the complexities of loving and being in love. For your convenience (which you don’t deserve), here’s the link: https://youtu.be/0tWrjJebsvU.

Next thing that you need to look at would be the intention behind the photos. Pornography exists for profit and is specifically aimed at evoking erotic feelings and actions in the viewers to accomplish this task. Beautiful nude art, on the other hand, seems to exist to portray the beauty of the human person and human sexuality.

More so, we aren’t selling a “commodity.” We aren’t selling our body. There’s nothing to sell in the place, actually. We aren’t strippers. I am a yogi loving my craft, using yoga to pratice *ahimsa, and a lover who needed to heal from an unfortunate event. While my partner is a loving mother who loves her body and the art that she is into.

Dr. Michael Waldstein, a renowned scholar on John Paul II’s teachings, had this to say regarding legitimate nude art:

“Some images [of the naked body] push us to concupiscence, others do not. . . . Going to the Sistine Chapel and looking at the naked women on the ceiling is for this reason a very different experience than watching a pornographic movie. It is not presumption, but the experience of many men, that one can look with purity at Michelangelo’s nudes and take delight in their beauty.

Michelangelo himself must have looked at his naked models in a pure way in order to be able to paint nudes in that pure way. . . . Of course, if one does feel a slide into concupiscence when looking at Michelangelo’s nudes, it is a good idea to look away. That need to look away should also be a trumpet blast for recognizing . . . that one is in need of a serious transformation.”

I will leave this up to you. And I hope your sanity will justify your acts. I have a question though, ano bang childhood meron ka?

**drops mic**

**
ahimsa: (in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain tradition) the principle of nonviolence toward all living things.

concupiscence: strong sexual desire; lust.

 

How about you, do you find these photos offensive? But before you answer that, regardless of your answer, my divine light in me honors the divine light in you. Namaste.

 

I Posed Naked With My Elementary Best Friend After 14 Years And It Wasn’t Well Received

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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he's a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!.Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!
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Joemar is the Blogger-In-Chief of BaklaPoAko.Com. He is currently a graduate student in University of the Philippines Open University. He also studied at Maquillage Professionnel School of Makeup Artistry and School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). He is a bold advocate of education, environment and LGBT issues. An earner, dreamer and a lover. Before he was once a dream-sprouting seed. Now he’s a tree in his renaissance and will always be evergreen. Hear him speak with his intelligent guide for gay news of the Philippines and worldwide, Bakla Po Ako. Confirmed!. Follow him on Twitter @belleza_joemar. Gay it forward!

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