Body | Beauty | Culture Unfortunately ‘The Year of the Rabbit’ Christie’s auction of 125 pieces of Playboy memorabilia will occur on December 8, probably ending before Anne can effectively launch an appeal to The Emir of Qatar’s beautiful wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned to buy a group of images that belong in a women’s rights museum.
Reports are that the royal family of Qatar has set its acquisitive sights on Christie’s, with the nation’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani openly telling the press of his interest in the world’s leading auction house.
The Sheikha is an international advocate for women’s rights, serving as a UNESCO special envoy for education and symbol of Qatar’s more progressive ideas on women.
With only a few days to solve this problem, Anne hopes to find a willing buyer of a group of Playboy Images not because they are nude pinups, but because every perceived imperfection of the female models is graffitied, Photoshopped and then boldly rated for perfection.
Never have we seen a group of images that so document America’s obsession with creating perfect women. We might as well become robots.
Anne understands that her request to the Sheikha is unusual, but surely these images serve some useful purpose to women everywhere as a stunning example of what it looks like to be part of an American culture that dissects its women into one imperfect flaw after another.
This is not the kind of ‘progress’ that either Anne or our dear friend the Statue of Liberty want to see for women in other parts of the world. We pride ourselves on our Alexa.com documented Anne of Carversville audience in North Africa and the Middle East and believe that our cry for financial help could reach Her Highness.
The offensive nature of these Playboy images lies in women being visually dissected like animals in the butcher shop and not as celebrations of the female form, which has been worshipped in art and culture since the beginning of humanity.
Let the Sheikha buy the photos — or quietly arrange for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to buy them with her backing — and we will donate them to the National Museum of Women in the Arts or another appropriate venue in France, where women are glorified for being individuals.
Note: these images are very upsetting to the female psyche and also contain extensive nudity.