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The Beautiful Boy

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by Germaine Greer, hardbound, 256 pages

The Beautiful Boy is a study of the youthful male face and form, from antiquity to the present day, from paintings and drawings to statuary and photographs. The cover picture caused minor controversy when the subject of the photograph, Björn Andresen, a Swedish actor and musician who appeared in Death in Venice (billed by the director Luchino Visconti as "the most beautiful boy in the world") stated in the press that he objected to the picture having been used without his permission. This book contains some 200 pictures of boys through the ages, and is a history of boys in art. Pictures and discussions range from Cupid to Elvis, Boy George, Kurt Cobain, and Jim Morrison. The Beautiful Boy generated some controversy because "society is not accustomed to seeing beauty in young males", Greer claims. Greer has described the book as "full of pictures of 'ravishing' pre-adult boys with hairless chests, wide-apart legs and slim waists". She goes on to say that, "I know that the only people who are supposed to like looking at pictures of boys are a subgroup of gay men," she wrote in London's Daily Telegraph. "Well, I'd like to reclaim for women the right to appreciate the short-lived beauty of boys, real boys, not simpering 30-year-olds with shaved chests." She was criticized for these comments with some writers labeling her a paedophile. (Text extracted from Wikipedia.)


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