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Old 03 June 2016, 05:02 PM
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I found this article online. I don't know a lot about the writer or the circumstances, but the arguments seem logical to me. It also has some cites and feels...scholarly.
https://whatistalent.wordpress.com/2...reek-statuary/
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This offered a way for sculptors to depict female nudity in a way considered chaste.
Aheum.

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Old 03 June 2016, 05:15 PM
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Maybe I'm a bit dense. Not getting what's funny, OY
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Old 03 June 2016, 05:18 PM
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Maybe I'm a bit dense. Not getting what's funny, OY
quoting myself from earlier:

As for the ladies not having much shown down below... I don't know. Perhaps the intention was to show them as chaste? (pure speculation here).
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Old 03 June 2016, 05:32 PM
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The article cites the Greek belief in the differences between men and women. Men were intellectual, balanced, and strong. Women were, mothers, daughters, you know same ole' same ole'. This writer posits, or cites someone that does,* that showing women's genitalia might possibly be seen as "aggressive". A non-feminine trait to the Greeks.

*I read it late last night, and I'm not ready to read it again at this moment.
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Old 03 June 2016, 06:49 PM
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I found this article online.
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a pubis that was often curiously devoid of both hair and any indication of a vulva. Lack of pubic hair can be explained by the common Greek practice of depilation, but the lack of visible genitalia is much more telling. In a culture known for carefully sculpting male genitals, all while imbuing them with deep reasoning, why shy away from a simple indication of a cleft?
There indeed is exactly what bothers me.

And the article seems to me to indicate that I have indeed got reason to be bothered:

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Most scholars shun the idea that a realistic pubis was seen as aesthetically unappealing, and the most prominent theories today center around female genitalia being viewed as sexually aggressive. Women being aggressive, let alone sexually aggressive, was heavily discouraged and punished in Greek society. [ . . . ] In the words of Beth Cohen describing the ideal citizen, “this human male’s beauty and goodness, indeed his Greekness, both in life and art, was defined in opposition to that which was neither ‘beautiful’, nor ‘good’, nor free, nor Greek, nor male, nor human, and so on”.
The women's genitals aren't there, but the men's are, because the male genitals were defined as good and proper, but the women's were defined as being wrong, improper, perhaps not even human.
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