Hung up about tits not testicles?

Italian gossip magazine Chi has published topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge across a 26-page spread in today’s special edition.

What’s all the fuss about? Has no one seen a woman’s tits before? And are royal breasts any different? 
The gossip magazine is part of the  media empire of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. His gossip rags in Italy not only publish topless photos of famous women regularly, but often accompany them with commentary about whether they are fake or real, too prosperous, too saggy, too lopsided or too whatever.
In the case of the Duchess, Chi called in Italian plastic surgeon Paolo Santanche to comment. “On such a statuesque physique the breasts are not particularly great,” Santanche notes. “The flat shape they assume when the princess is supine and very pear shaped when she is leaning forward on the one hand confirms they are absolutely natural and on the other gives away that they are not very firm and they are slightly empty.”
Editors such as Chi’s Alfonso Signorini – they’re mainly men – make very different editorial decisions when it comes to the dignity of men. Chi, for instance, refused to run stills from a video showing the Lazio governor undressed in the company of a transsexual prostitute.
Many publications refused to print pics of nude Czech premier Mirek Topolanek, whose dangling dignity was blurred with pixels but published in El Pais in 2009 after he was snapped relaxing at a party on the grounds of Berlusconi’s estate (photos, which, by the way, appeared in some other European tabloids and which Berlusconi tried to block citing privacy laws).
At the end of the day, there is a huge double standard when it comes to gender and editorial decisions about what offends dignity or not.
Italians may brand Brits as old prudes still displaying Victorian morals but an underlying hypocrisy remains: it is not the Duchess who has a hang-up with body image, but those who photograph, print and purchase the magazines in order to ogle at her. 


Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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