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Today in Porn, They Grow Up So Fast Edition

By God, Larry Rivers was an artist, and as such, was not about to hew to some outdated notion of exploitation in his fearless exploration of what it means to be the father of girls:

“In the film Rivers tells the girls to take off their clothes and then zooms in on their breasts from various angles. He interviews them about how they feel about their breasts and whether boys have started noticing them…In a voice-over Rivers says that he made the film over several years in spite of ‘the raised eyebrows of society in general and specific friends and even my daughters — they kept sort of complaining.'”

But only sort of, right? Now, sadly, one of them is complaining for real:

“Ms. Tamburlini said the filming contributed to her becoming anorexic at 16. ‘It wrecked a lot of my life actually,’ she said.”

Thank heaven for our brave, brave artists and their willingness to shatter children, er, taboos.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    If you click through to the article about his predecessor, Sally Mann, you will find this juxtaposition:

    THE DOORBELL AT THE Mann home in Lexington, Va., is a small, black, wrought-iron breast. Visitors announce themselves by pressing a red nipple within the raised areola.

    Like her mother, whose ancestors came over on the Mayflower, Mann has an ingrained sense of propriety.

    Thank you, The New York Times.

    – DS

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