Nude Nymph a No-No in Alabama


How does Christianity harm? Well here’s one way, a vineyard can’t sell its wine in Alabama because the label is considered pornographic. That’s right, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board finds the “gorgeous piece of work” which is the label for Cycles Gladiator wine in violation of its prohibition on labels with “a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner.”

So where’s the Christianity? You tell me where the definition of immoral comes from that they’re working from. How else does “sensual” = wrong? How else does shame and revulsion to the human form manifest? These are all by-products of Christian morality and its war on sexuality. Add this to the ridiculous ban of sex toys in the state, and a sodomy law that could get you, if you’re unmarried, up to one year in jail and a $2000 fine. (Ah, but sodomy laws are unconstitutional right, like requiring belief in a god to hold public office? Well as long as they’re on the books, you’ll have to suffer the charge until you reach the Court of Appeals.) It’s all about control, and if you can control sexuality, well you pretty much control humanity. Of course when you can control sexuality AND alcohol, well that’s quite a two-fer. Oh, and Alabama will soon be reinstating the ban on liquor sales on Sundays, because that’s god’s day, you know.

I’m really torn over exactly why this story infuriates me, though. Sure, I’m infuriated due to the imposition of Christian morality, but I’m also infuriated because this is, essentially, an art ban, and as an artist, that REALLY boils my blood. The label is, imo, a beautiful ink or watercolor painting in an early 20th century, art nouveau inspired style. Now of course art appreciation is largely subjective and you may not care for this piece, but then that also undermines the warrant for labeling it offensive. Furthermore, regardless of all that, prohibiting the viewing of such a work is offensive, especially when you’d think that the ones seeing it would be mostly, if not all adults. Even so, what’s the basis for determining that viewing nudity in art = harm? For instance, have there been studies of the effect of seeing the Little Mermaid statue on the people of Copenhagen?

No, this is just more ridiculous religious intrusion into society, and yet another thing to throw onto the pile of examples for how religion, in this case specifically Christianity, harms. If you have an opportunity to purchase this wine where you are, try to do so. I know you can find it at Total Wine in Delaware.

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31 Responses to “Nude Nymph a No-No in Alabama”

  1. How exactly does the city display that Little Mermaid statue on the people of Copenhagen? Do the folks take turns shlepping it around on their heads? Or is each native assigned to carry just a small piece?

  2. Well unlike the wine bottle, I think the Mermaid is too heavy to shlep around, and there's only one, so they'd have to share shlepping duties if shlepping were possible. I think the Mermaid is in a prominent spot though, so many people are exposed to the horrors and detrimental effects of seeing female boobies depicted in a work of art. It's a wonder the city is not in total chaos! Of course they have socialized healthcare, so maybe they have the means to treat such adverse effects. ;)

  3. I frequent thrift shops and second-hand stores (I buy a lot of old glassware.) One day, I was in a Salvation Army store and they were sorting books to go on the shelves. They had come across an art book full of Titian and Reubens and lots of other Renaissance art, which included a few gorgeous nudes. They were saying they couldn't allow it on the shelves: a child might see it, so they were going to throw it out. I offered to buy it before it could corrupt anybody, but they said they couldn't SELL such an item–it would be making money off pornography. So I talked them into giving me the book, by assuring them I wouldn't allow it to fall under the gaze of impressionable children.

  4. Congratulations for your rescue efforts. I remember the first time I heard the scraps of cloth covering people in Michaelangelo's work at the Sistine Chapel weren't his work, but the work of some guy brought in to "fix" the offensive work. So sad such nonsense still carries on today. Thanks, Christianity!

  5. Big Government is the one making the laws against nudity (one condition of immorality perhaps) on beverage labels. The government could make and enforce any laws that it chooses, unfortunately it's being run by a bunch of religious imbeciles in that state. At the national level it's being run by a bunch of commie imbeciles. Argh! There truly needs to be a shift in power in this country, people need to start thinking for themselves and stop letting religion and big government run things. Seriously, what's the harm of a little nudity on a wine bottle anyway?

  6. Well, good thing those commie and religious imbeciles aren't in control of the world wide web, I hope that never happens and it looks like a decent prospect for the future of freedom of expression. It's a good thing that technology and business have more than evened the playing field in the interests of the individual in this country, actually the government beauracracy is playing some serious catch up in order to regain power over it's citizens via siding with religion and communism, both of which lyingly promise a lot more strings-attached to the gullable with rewards that aren't even grounded in reality.

  7. ….both religion and communism promise rewards that aren't grounded in reality. Technology and business offer rewards that are grounded in reality. This is why big government tries to stifle business and technology. It only helps the parasite catch more prey when the bait is set if there aren't any alternatives to the bait.

  8. Hey, wouldn't it be ironic if that very wine bottle was the same one Jesus used when he did his trick with water? By the way, I didn't know that anyone was allowed to sell wine in Alabama. I've never met a Southerner whose alcoholic beverage of choice was anything other than Bud. Doesn't that heathen grape stuff come mostly from godless foreign countries like France and California?

  9. Oh, and Alabama will soon be reinstating the ban on liquor sales on Sundays, because that's god's day, you know. I'm surprised they've been selling booze on Sundays. Someone fell asleep at the wheel. I've never met a Southerner whose alcoholic beverage of choice was anything other than Bud. I thought they were pretty partial to moonshine, but what do I know?

  10. In what way is the US gov't being in any way run by communists? The US government isn't even liberal, let alone socialist – and calling it communist is even more ridiculous.

  11. You're out of your element Craig.

  12. I like the art, too, and BTW – where can we see your art, Philly? Are you an artist? Or just a graphic designer? My reaction to this story is, well… it just sucks. All these other things "Christians" could focus on, yet time and time again we see these rhetorical farces, mere catering towards an appearance of morality. Aside from that, I'm with Craig – calling the U.S. government "communist" is ridiculous.

  13. I'd figure that they'd be less worried about the label and more worried about mom passing out on the lawn after downing an eight dollar bottle of wine.

  14. I like the art, too, and BTW – where can we see your art, Philly? Are you an artist? Or just a graphic designer? Tell me, specifically, what is your objection to us calling you a "douche"?

  15. Explain the Czars dipshit. Explain the government bailouts, nationalized healthcare, why Obama is doing secret monetary exchange business with Russia and China taking their advice on foriegn affairs, why Obama wants to subsidize the 50 million unemployed with 65% of the cost of their healthcare premiums (about $240/month per person) with taxpayer dollars, why he acts completely retardedly oblivious to why anybody would object to that, or why he wants to extend coverage to Africa and Asia, why he want to ban guns and give citizenship to illegal aliens, why they want to force all employees to join unions, and why the large taxes on internet sales and energy prices.

  16. My main objection is that it obscures the actual arguments being discussed, and throws everything further off course, meaning every use of an ad hominem pushes us farther and farther away from reasonable resolution of an argument. Honestly, I would rather you and your buddies never say anything to me ever again, unless of course it was in good faith and about the arguments, but that'd be like my birthday and Christmas on the same day, I'm sure. I'm considering a sabbatical anyways – from your guys' blogs at least.

  17. Denmark also has a far more enlightened view of human sexuality. They probably sell wine called "Labia Major" with the appropriate illustration on the label, with no one blinking an eyelash.

  18. If that was sold in Alabama, they'd probably think that was fancy talk for "major label", meaning it's a big deal wine, and they'd probably misjudge the image as lips (the facial kind). It would be interesting to see what other labels are getting sold down there.

  19. That's far too much misinformation to address in one reply.

  20. I'm amazed they even sell wine in 750ml bottles. I would have figured it's either those gallon jugs or in those boxes with the little tap.

  21. The correct answer is "Obama is a commie".

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