Tender Teenager Nudity Its Movies and television often portray teenage nudity with caution. Not everyone agrees with it; some actors, like Ewan McGregor and Yinka Bokinni of Harry Potter fame (they each have no-nude clauses in their contracts with BBC), stipulate in their contracts that they won’t appear nude on screen; other cases have gone so far as suing due to such scenes being depicted; this includes Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting who sued because Franco Zeffirelli used their bodies unretouched photo for Romeo and Juliet production.
In the 1970s and ’80s, there was an abundance of movies and television shows featuring teenage nudity; some more provocatively than others. One such film is Pretty Baby (1982) starring 14-year-old Brooke Shields who finds herself shipwrecked on an isolated desert island with an older man, engaging in sexual encounters before eventually leaving with him for good. Although its subject matter can leave audiences thinking deeply, Pretty Baby helped establish second wave feminist activism through its nods toward women’s liberation movements such as women’s liberation from early feminist writing such as Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique (1963).
Salo stands as perhaps the most controversial movie that employs nudity to examine social issues through nudity; its subject matter draws heavily from Marquis de Sade’s book The 120 Days of Sodomy for inspiration. Audiences may find the film uncomfortable and it remains widely banned today; yet its legacy lives on through other movies such as Human Centipede movies (obvious descendants) and most recently Girls on Top.