November 27, 2013

"PEEP SHOW: NYTIMES publishes nipple on front page..."

Says Drudge, with a photo of a sleazy guy in the doorway of a peep-show storefront. The link goes to this PDF of the front page of today's NYT which does indeed show nipple — the top third of one nipple, just below a 2-inch surgery scar. The story is "Push to Test for Cancer Gene Sets Up a Dilemma in Israel." The woman — whom we see only from neck to mid-breast — has a nipple-sized Star of David tattooed at clavicle-level.

Too sensationalistic? Does it stir up old suspicions that breast cancer is getting extra credit in the clamor amongst the diseases for our attention? Is the matter-of-fact(ish) inclusion of nipple a way for the New York Times to say: We're about New York, and New Yorkers are a cut above the rest of the world when it comes to maturity and sophistication? Or is it just the latest, most pathetic sign that the NYT is desperate for readers?

If the last, it worked. Drudge reeled us websters in, and one can only imagine the effect at the real-world newsstands.

IN THE COMMENTS: Brando says:
Forget about the nipple! Isn't there a rule in Jewish law against having tattoos? Or have I been misled?
Neo-Neocon has more on the tattoo taboo.

I like the old Lenny Bruce routine on this subject. He'd gotten a tattoo when he was in the Navy in WWII. When his mother saw it, she screamed: "Now you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery!" He said: "Its OK, Ma. I'll be buried in a Jewish cemetery. They can amputate my arm and bury it in a Catholic cemetery. It can wave to my body."

18 comments:

eddie willers said...

All the nips fit to print.

Brando said...

Forget about the nipple! Isn't there a rule in Jewish law against having tattoos? Or have I been misled?

Clyde said...

Yawn. There are at least 50,000 selfies on the internet of women showing more than that.

ironrailsironweights said...

There are at least 50,000 selfies on the internet of women showing more than that.

More like 50,000 new ones posted every day.

Peter

Joe said...

It shows a portion of the areola and big whoopee.

Rusty said...

Brando said...
Forget about the nipple! Isn't there a rule in Jewish law against having tattoos? Or have I been misled?

Only for the purpose of identification.

Peter said...

Reading the article under the photo (sorry, but the photo's just not that interesting), it is indeed a dilemma that career optimization and reproductive optimization make a poor fit, as women who want a career postpone having children when they're more biologically fit to do so.

EDH said...

If Althouse's copy of the NYT goes missing, she should look under Meade's side of the mattress.

RECEPTIONIST: Your sister, Gail.

ELAINE: Oh, God - my nephew. (Picks up the phone and hits the button) Hi, Gail!.. Yu.. yu... Yes, Gail, I know how old he is.

CO-WORKER: (Pokes his head into the doorway) Hey, Nip, ya need that manuscript or can I take it home?

ELAINE: Yeah, take it! Take it!.. An' stop calling me "Nip"! (Co-worker takes it and quickly leaves. Elaine goes back to the phone) It was an accident! Well...

well.. it's gotta be somewhere. Look under his mattress.

Eric Jablow said...

It's also because some mutant alleles of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 gene are more frequent in the Ashkenazi Jewish population than in the mainstream population. Of course this is a big deal in Israel.

Do you know of the Orthodox Jewish organization Dor Yeshorim? It does premarital screening for Tay-Sachs, Niemann-Pick, Sandhoff's, which are all rapidly fatal, Familial Dysautonomia, and Gaucher's, which are extremely damaging. The incidence of Tay-Sachs has decreased by 90% because of them.

cf said...

I have fantasized a boycott of Starbucks for pimping the NYT's airbrushed journolism to "folks" across the continent. I predict, if the nation stands long enough, we will look back at their stylish neuro-marketing as a particularly evil time -- and IF the nation stands long enough, it will mean they and their NPR sidekicks will have lost the War on our Amygdulas. Bully for the US. May it outlive the results of these Sons of Bitches.

chrisnavin.com said...

I'm sitting in a Starbucks now, in Seattle. They're playing Putumayo world rhythms and there's a picture of a happy African lady dipping her hands into a pile of fair-trade coffee beans.

Not twenty miles from me in Fremont is a statue of Lenin.

I'm going to drive my standard issue Subaru Outback through the barbed wire and checkpoints up into the mountains, and do some recon on Cuban and Russian movements in the area.

Wolverines!

chrisnavin.com said...

Sometime a nipple's just a nipple.

YoungHegelian said...

@Brando,

Yes, Orthodox Judaism does generally forbid tattoos. Here's a brief explanation.

Of course, secular Israelis don't care about that prohibition in any case, just like they don't care about most of the other halakhic prohibitions.

I have read some Orthodox Jews try to defend tattoos by reference to Isaiah 49:16 "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me...", but the I don't think the rabbis are buying it. YMMV.

Luke Lea said...

That's not the nipple. It's the aureola. The nipple is the little thingy in the middle of it.

Sigivald said...

"What do you mean 'us', Bwana?"

Talking about it got me to comment here, I guess, but not to look at the Times.

YoungHegelian said...

The real kick in the teeth to the Orthodox with the photo of the tattoo of the "Kosher Pig" at the Neo-neocon/NYT article is not just the pig & the word kosher, it's the "U" in the circle on the pig's hindquarters. That emblem on a food item means that the item has been rabbinical inspected & approved by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis. It is the "gold standard" of Orthodox rabbinic approval.

That tattoo is the work of a Jew who went to great detail to truly piss off some of his fellow Jews.

ironrailsironweights said...

I like the old Lenny Bruce routine on this subject. He'd gotten a tattoo when he was in the Navy in WWII. When his mother saw it, she screamed: "Now you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery!" He said: "Its OK, Ma. I'll be buried in a Jewish cemetery. They can amputate my arm and bury it in a Catholic cemetery. It can wave to my body."

Dunno if his arm is there, but he was, in fact, buried in a Jewish cemetery.

Peter

Big Mike said...

The Times continues its descent to tabloid status. Almost there now.