Inspired by Pope John Paul II's views on nudity? You should be...but not to the point of pornography.
Fox News' recent interview with Polish-born beauty Joanna Krupa exposes an all too familiar misunderstanding of human sexuality, contorting the late, great Holy Father's teachings on love and sexuality into an, ahem, interesting new position.
Krupa goes on to defend her cover-op appearances on men's magazine from GQ to Playboy - and everything in between - calling the recalcitrance to publicly disrobe "really ridiculous." She presses on, issuing forth a twisted misinterpretation of Theology of the Body to justify her staunch belief in bare-breasted beauty, rationalizing that "these days, you see toplessness and nudity in nearly every critically acclaimed movie. And on the pages of French Vogue." Indeed, both paramount exemplars of culture and human achievement. Right…
The casual ease with which Krupa discusses dropping trau is disturbing in its own right; her insistence that JPII extolled the virtues of pornography is downright satanic.
Indeed, as discussed here in an older post, pornography is damning for its inability to reveal enough of the human person, and not for its naked display of human assets. Pornography does not extol the reality of the beauty of the body; rather, it obscures and distorts God's perfect creation, drawing the eye away from the other and substituting in his or her place an object to be observed and consumed.
This is not beauty. This is not art. This is not a free and fruitful embrace of the dignity of human sexuality. Quite the contrary: pornography detracts from physical beauty, particularly that rare beauty belonging the the feminine person. Reducing her to an object of desire, pornography ensures that no one will ever truly behold her, seeing her with love's eyes. Instead, pornography condemns her to a stripped and shamed reality of overexposure and use. Everyone is looking at her, but no one really sees her.
And that's where the article picks back up. Krupa boasts of her detachment from the "circus" of Hollywood, insisting that her personal life remains exactly that - personal:
"I live a normal life where family and love comes first. The minute I leave a
set, I go back to my regular life and simply enjoy a night at home with my
sweetheart and dogs, and if we go out, it's just with a few good friends," Krupa
added. "I watch the circus, but don't join it. People expect a busy model to be
on every party and to indulge in crazy behavior, drugs and multiple lovers - I
represent the opposite of that."
Indeed. And in her representation of "the opposite" of all our culture holds dear, she is plowing full speed ahead, furthering the fetid, fetished frenzy of sexual appetite that seeks to consume her. That seeks to consume us all.
Now if that's not beauty, I don't know what is.