What’s the problem with nudity? & Kindergarten Journalism

Well I mean to write about this yesterday, but I forgot and got sidetracked by Pulp Fiction[/url]!

Anyway if you didn’t know, theres been a big brouhaha about Sarong Party Girl[/url] and her posting a nude picture of herself on her blog.

I’ve read her blog for quite some time, she writes well, is articulate and has an interesting life, a very colourful polygamous life.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the full article (It was published in The Star, but it was written by the Straits Times and reprinted).

Naked blogger sets Net community abuzz

By Melissa Lwee and Serene Luo

The local blogging community is buzzing after a local girl posted nude pictures of herself on the Internet.

Writing under the moniker Sarong Party Girl, her weblog on http://sarongpartygirl.blogspot.com chronicles her life and numerous sexual escapades.

But though she is posing nude, most lawyers interviewed said that she is probably not breaking any obscenity law.

Lawyer Jonathan Kok, from Harry Elias Partnership, said: ‘It’s a grey area. If someone were to flash himself physically, it’s very clearly an obscene act. But on the Internet, it’s a grey area.

‘Whenever there’s a public outcry, it means the issue has crossed the boundary of public decency. In which case, the authorities would probably step in to tell the Internet Service Provider or write directly to the person involved to fix the problem.’

When interviewed, the girl, a 19-year-old waiting to enter university, revealed that the blog is kept secret from her parents, but maintained she is not ashamed of her photographs.

‘There is nothing wrong with having a nude picture of yourself published or on show, as long as there is an artistic and aesthetic value to it and these pictures were nice.’

Since she started her blog in February last year, she has gathered a daily following of about 3,000 readers.

Bloggers like 22-year-old Gabriel Seah think nothing of her lack of inhibition. ‘The Internet is a free society, there is no reason why anyone should not do this, because it doesn’t hurt anyone.’

But others like Mr Ng Heng Ghee, a 33-year-old IT technician and father of two, frowned on it.

‘What she has done reflects badly on her parents because it shows that they did not bring her up well.’

I think mentioning her parents is well out of line, this is kindergarten journalism, do these two people know anything about blogging, the blogosphere? blogging culture?

Does Mr Ng have nothing better to do at Nanyang than read sexually explicit blogs?

If you want to contact him to voice your concern as his opinion you can do so:

Mr Ng Heng Ghee
IT Executive
Office: Room 03-28
Phone: 67906338
Email: thgng@ntu.edu.sg

You can see the general stupid closed minded attitude that bothers me on a Singaporean forum HERE, mostly flocking like sheep, unable to think for themselves, unable to see the big picture and the larger implications.

It was a cheap shot and it’s out of order, it’s made blogging look even worse for those people that know little about it, some Bloggers even might be forced to quit, or have at least gotten into hot water about it. (See Little Girl In A Reverie).

So someone showed a nipple, is it such a big deal?

BTW the post in question is Martine, Martine.

It’s not like she hasn’t been naked the whole time on the header of her blog, it’s just she’s not showing any nipples?

My nipples are available for viewing on the Internet, *if* you really want to see them..

Kenny Sia has got his nipples out too in a replication of the original SPG shot.

I could go on and on, and I think I’ll probably write to the The Star[/url], and you should too, but I’m very busy, so I shall leave it here.

It was also covered by SMH in Australia.

Other peices on this subject:

Kenny Sia – The Sarong Party Girl Controversy
Mack Zulkifli – Talk about sensationalism of a nude blogger

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25 Responses to What’s the problem with nudity? & Kindergarten Journalism

  1. wil@theblackjournal June 13, 2005 at 10:35 pm #

    It actually made the news. Wow… definitely too much hoo haa about the issue. I’ve come across her site as well and IMO she writes very well. So much fuss about a small issue (it shouldn’t have been an issue in the first place).

  2. Andreas June 13, 2005 at 11:03 pm #

    Absolutely, 100%, agree with you. It is her thing and there is nothing that any newspaper should have written about. And why to interview anybody else about it to ask for opinions?

  3. tiger June 14, 2005 at 12:49 am #

    I bet you if I blog about a photo of my nipples, nobody would care 😛

    That’s discrimination, isn’t it? I think my nipples are pretty.

  4. Dabido (Teflon) June 14, 2005 at 1:38 am #

    Well, journalism is always about causing storms in tea cups in order to get the paper sold. Try selling a paper with “Nothig to report. Everything Fine” as the headline. Won’t sell.
    Anyway, I doubt it will affect her blog except to cause a greater audience. If their article was to try to stop this sort of blogging, then they’ve eally just given it more advertising.
    If they had ignored it, that nude picture would have slipped into the archives on SPG’s blog without much more than a ripple.
    Still – on another matter, wonder how many underaged kids read the newspaper article and went to her site hoping to see pron! lol

  5. FireAngel June 14, 2005 at 1:40 am #

    SPG SPG SPG SPG. blah blah blah. Sian already. *yawn*

    But she’s so much better at you at whoring herself. Buck up man. Show something wei.

  6. kimberlycun June 14, 2005 at 2:14 am #

    dun get the brouhaha, stuff like this dates back ti jennicam. stupid journalists interviewing TWO people and made that a representation of blogging community. stupid newspaper. stupid editor.

  7. ShaolinTiger June 14, 2005 at 2:53 am #

    Yup it’s kinda sad isn’t it, so many people are unaware of blogging, and what it’s really about, then the papers go and publish some utter crap like this to make us all look worse.

  8. ShaolinTiger June 14, 2005 at 2:54 am #

    Why? Because they don’t know anything about it, ignorance prevails.

    They probably got feedback from people who knew what they were talking about, they just chose to use the ‘sensational’ ones.

    Cheap shots.

  9. ShaolinTiger June 14, 2005 at 2:56 am #

    Yeah but at should at least be informed or insightful, this is just complete shite.

    It may not reflect on her blog, it just reflects badly on blogging in general, which is what I don’t appreciate.

  10. ShaolinTiger June 14, 2005 at 2:57 am #

    KY already hosting picture of my nipples, what more you want?!?

  11. Vad3r June 14, 2005 at 3:06 am #

    2nd day i lost my appetite..yesterday was Kenny and now (him again) at ur site..hairy nipples…pukes

  12. Narcissism is Necessary June 14, 2005 at 3:34 am #

    Anyway, I am the Narcissist, and you haven’t seen my nipple yet.

  13. jennhuiwen June 14, 2005 at 4:51 am #

    hmm…i read her blog…kinda cool too..haha..nipples…nipples!!!!!!

  14. cccp June 14, 2005 at 8:33 am #

    there are plenty of self-nudity in flikr. i don’t see ppl ‘report’ about those. what the hell? and god, take down that pic! i second vad3r on that…

  15. S-Kay June 14, 2005 at 12:33 pm #

    ah…wanted to blog about it as well but since you blogged about it, i shall just drop my dua sen here.

    Well, the newspaper really has nothing better to do. In the first place, the person who ‘reported’ this was prolly an ‘ardent’ fan of her blog and when she suddenly revealed her nipple (which they made such a big fuss about…and I think it’s not really pretty nipples but it’s hers so who cares) he just figured it was a brilliant time to make us bloggers look bad. Gosh.

    Although I would have to say that I would not really agree with what she’s doing if she did it just to whore herself. So since she’s doing it because she values the beauty of her body, heck what is wrong with that? I would prolly do the same thing too.

    People would forget about it one day. But wow, I didn’t know she was 19. Young indeed.

  16. vlad June 14, 2005 at 7:23 pm #

    It’s about time Vader show his bird bird online. Or better yet snap a photo of our assholes.

    “Take away our right to say ‘fuck’ and it will take away our right to say ‘fuck the government” – Lenny Bruce.

  17. ShaolinTiger June 14, 2005 at 9:50 pm #

    ROFL!

    What la, you can say I’m helping everyone diet.

  18. Jaja June 16, 2005 at 12:11 pm #

    i love her blog. singaporeans are idiots. they obviously don’t have many orgasms

  19. lynnee June 19, 2005 at 9:38 am #

    there goes freedom of speech…

  20. Tim Yang June 22, 2005 at 12:55 am #

    You are an asshole. How about I post your address and how about if you come over and you and me go one on one?

  21. Tim Yang June 22, 2005 at 2:00 am #

    What, no reply? Not so big now when you’re not so anonymous anymore, are you? Two wrongs don’t make a right, asshole. Anytime you want to pick a real fight, you know where to find me.

  22. ShaolinTiger June 22, 2005 at 3:31 am #

    Ooooh yay, another juvenile sexually fuckstrated macho man waving their e-penis on the Internet.

    How responsible, How tough! How cool! OMG TIM I WANT TO GROW UP AND BE LIKE YOU.

    *Yawn*

    Btw go ahead and post my address, whatever address of mine you think it is you have, anyway seen as though you have my address *snigger* why don’t you come over and show me how manly you are, I’M SOO SCARED.

    BTW I’m met plenty of dickwads like you who wanted to ‘fight’ me, they usually pretend not to know it’s me or are as nice as pie when they find themselves at eye level with my nipples being confronted with my ‘I’m gonna poke your eyes out with my thumbs and fuck your bleeding eye sockets’ look.

    BTW(2) I (mis-spent) my youth fighting for fun, I’m always into some exercise, look me up I’ll be waiting 🙂

  23. ShaolinTiger June 22, 2005 at 3:36 am #

    You may sit in front of a computer all day refreshing your own blog frantically looking for new comments to make you feel better about your sad lack of life, but well other people don’t (including me).

    I have a job, and a life and stuff, I was actually in a meeting.

    Let’s do it, I have plenty of people who want to watch you beat me up, it would be fun!

    We can post pictures on our blogs after, watch this space, I’ll post about it tonight/tommorow.

  24. luzzio June 23, 2005 at 8:42 am #

    my money’s on Tiger =)

  25. Andy June 23, 2005 at 8:54 am #

    I’ll bet RM20 for Shaolin Tiger to personally kick the crap out of Tim Yang. 😛