Be honest: Did you look up Marilyn Monroe's skirt?

“Forever Marilyn,” the giant-size  sculpture by New Jersey-based artist Seward Johnson of the "glamour girl" movie star has achieved it's purposes: Stir things up, draw  some attention to the artist and the city, make some people laugh and make some people growl. All while allowing voyeurs to get their jollies.

It's also another reminder of how much culture and mores have changed since the mid-1950 when the scene from the movie The Seven Year Itch created a near scandal in some quarters (Although I thought Some Like it Hot was more suggestive.). The iconic scene was denounced by many as a step down the slippery slope of licentiousness and public immorality.

They turned out to be right, whether you agree or not that licentiousness a bad thing. You can get a better shot at the female undersides at public beaches, in movies and on TV (especially cable). On the Internet, you can get flashes of stars sans undergarments, revealing all. Even in the 1950s, you could see more in a Sear's catalogue or the National Geographic.

Marilyn Monroe's seductive innocence is what made the movie scene so hot, taking it many levels beyond the panties you could ogle in the Sears catalogue. Now be honest, if you haven't visited the statue yet, will you control yourself by not  looking up at her panties? If you have been there, I'll bet you already have. In the 1950s, you'd be too embarrassed to and no one could be willing the statue on display.

Is that good or bad?

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  • Hell yes I did.

    Got several got shots on my camera too.

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