Clothed male, naked female
The opposite to CMNF is clothed female, naked male (CFNM).
One-sided female nudity may involve sexual and nonsexual erotic scenarios. Sexual scenarios may involve male domination, female submission, exhibitionism and erotic entertainment. CMNF is also considered by some to be a form of sexual objectification of women. Feminist scholars argue that the one-sided female nudity is a form of objectification of women by reducing a woman's worth or role in society to that of an instrument for the sexual pleasure that she can produce in the mind of another.12 Pro-feminist cultural critics such as Robert Jensen and Sut Jhally accuse mass media and advertising of promoting the sexualization and objectification of women to help promote goods and services.345
One-sided female nudity has also been depicted in art, particularly in the Orientalist paintings of the 19th-century. A typical scene would often contain depictions of white slavery in which one or several nude females would be displayed before an audience of men as part of a slave auction. The archetypal example of this type of scene is Jean-Léon Gérôme's The Slave Market, in which a nude female slave is examined by a potential buyer. Another example is Gérôme's Phryné devant l'Areopage (Phryne before the Areopagus, 1861) which was based on the trial of Phryne before the Areopagus in ancient Greece. The odalisque (harem scene) was also a popular subject for depicting one-sided female nudity, although the clothed figures in the scene were not always male.
Outside of the Orientalist style, a less popular scenario for one-sided female nudity in 19th-century art was the knight-errant, in which the stereotype of the damsel in distress was used to explore the erotic subtext of the powerful knight coming to the rescue of a helpless female. The best known example of this is John Everett Millais' painting Knight Errant, in which a nude woman has been tied to a tree and a knight is shown cutting her loose. The painting initially created controversy when it was first displayed, because the nude female was shown facing her rescuer, a posture which was considered too sexually suggestive for European audiences.6 Millais repainted the figure so that she was looking away from her rescuer.
Édouard Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe ("The Luncheon on the Grass"), in which a nude woman is depicted having lunch with two fully clothed men, is another famous painting whose themes were controversial when it was first displayed in 1863. The Pastoral Concert (c. 1510) attributed to Giorgione or his pupil Titian7 has been cited as an inspiration for Manet's painting.
One-sided female nudity has been a subject in literature, appearing in both fiction and non-fiction stories.
Entertainment columnist Earl Wilson details several experiences involving one-sided female nudity in his book Show Business Laid Bare.8 In the chapter titled "Cheri Caffaro: A Strange Interlewd," Wilson writes about his experience interviewing actress Cheri Caffaro while she was nude and he was fully dressed.9
One-sided female nudity is very common in Hollywood and European films. Actresses are often seen half or full naked in front of clothed male in many movies.
In Titanic (1997), Kate Winslet, acting as Rose, gets completely naked and lies on a couch in front of Leonardo DiCaprio, who acted as Jack, and asks him to paint a picture featuring her nude that way. Jack, however, acts professionally and concentrates on the painting.
In Exit to Eden (1994), Dana Delany and another actress in an assistant role get full-frontally naked and swims in her swimming pool. Then they eye at a clothed boy sitting near the pool. Then they get to him and Dana Delany gets to sit on his back being bottomless.
In Lusciousdisambiguation needed (1997), acting as a living masterpiece Kari Wührer poses fully nude for a clothed male painter who—upon studying her full–frontal fineness—finds it hard to concentrate among other things.
In Splash (1984), Daryl Hannah, playing as a mermaid, emerges from the Hudson River and scurries completely nude around New York’s Liberty Island in front of all clothed males and females with her bare tail perfectly captured in broad daylight.
In The Notorious Bettie Page (2006), Gretchen Mole playing as Bettie Page poses completely nude in the woods in front of a fully clothed male photographer for a Men's Magazine.
In The Break-up (2006), taunting ex-lover Vince Vaughn in his own living room, Jennifer Aniston struts past him being completely naked.
In Vampires (film) (1998), an actress is seen kidnapped an tied by a clothed man and she was made completely naked.
In Halloween (2007), an actress as a prostitute is seen completely naked in front of a clothed man for his pleasure before both of them were brutally killed by the devil.
In Hisss (2010), Indian actress Mallika Sherawat has been filmed completely nude in several scenes. But she has been so in front of clothed men in the finishing scenes where clothed Irrfan Khan rescues her from the net of the character of Jeff Doucette.
There are many other films in Hollywood and the other film industries all over the world where female actresses are made completely nude in front of clothed men in need of the situation, sites and scenes such as strip clubs, humiliation, detentions, medical check-ups, nudist philosophy, hazing, etc.
Gatherings of men and women interested in viewing one-sided female nudity do occur, although the initialism CMNF is not always used to describe such activities. Beyond niche websites, CMNF continues to enjoy mainstream popularity at bachelor parties, strip clubs and erotic conventions, where the majority of viewers are male and the performers are female.
At times, one-sided female nudity may be encountered as part of a professional engagement, such as a female art model posing in an art class or a nude photo shoot. It may also arise on a film set, where the only nude person being filmed may be a woman.
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- LeMoncheck, Linda, Loose Women, Lecherous Men: A Feminist Philosophy of Sex (Oxford University press, 1997), ISBN 0-19-510555-9, p. 133
- Barry, Kathleen, Female Sexual Slavery (NYU Press, 1984), ISBN 0-8147-1069-7, p.247
- Jensen, Robert, 'Using Pornography' in Dines, Gail, Robert Jensen and Ann Russo (eds) Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality (Routledge, 1998), ISBN 978-0-415-91813-8
- Jhally, Sut (dir) Dreamworlds II: Desire, Sex, Power in Music (Media Education Foundation, USA, 1997)
- Frith, Katherine, Ping Shaw and Hong Cheng 'The Construction of Beauty: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Women's Magazine Advertising' in Journal of Communication 55 (1), 2005, pp.56–70
- Refer to the section on "The Problem Nude" in these notes from 2005/2006 course lectures given by Carol Jacobi at Birkbeck College: http://www.shafe.co.uk/art/19thC_The_Nude.asp
- From the Louvre Museum Official Website
- Show Business Laid Bare, by Earl Wilson, ISBN 0-399-11276-6, New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1974. Second Printing
- The story can be found on pages 45-56 of the hardcover second printing of the book.