Simple Nudes: a manifest
This is a movement of the third millennium, a drive to popularize Simple Nudes.
What are "simple nudes"? Well, the concept and term was invented by DOMAI in 2001. (Read the original article.) Basically it means nude art without anything much added. If the images are artistic, they are only so to a degree that does not interfere with the beauty of the model. And if the images are erotic, they are so as an undertone, not the main purpose, and they are not so to a degree that that overwhelms the experience of the beauty of the model.
Traditional fine art nudes are a great thing, but they sometimes have a tendency to be very... indirect. The model is often hunched over, hiding her figure and her face. In those cases, even when you do get a good picture, it can be at the expense of the model and her beauty.
And on the other hand pornography sometimes have beautiful models, but the beauty is ruined by strained, unnatural poses which makes the model look like a lump of flesh rather than a creature of grace.
A new movement is started now, one that appreciates the beauty of girls, and want it to be acknowledged for itself, not something that is just there to support Art or stimulate sex. We respect woman and her beauty, and we celebrate it. (The same goes for male nudes, of course, but those seem to be less prevalent.)
Don't get us wrong, we have nothing against porn in principle, and we certainly have nothing against fine art! It is only that Simple Nudes is its own thing, is independent of and should not be confused with those two other things.
Obviously quite a lot of art and photography throughout history can be fitted into "simple nudes". But most of this is a retrofit, an overlap from either fine art or soft erotica. This focal point is a new thing. We tend to forget that pornography/erotica only a few decades ago was illegal all over the world, so people did what they could get away with, which then of course often looked like simple nudes. The proof is that pin-ups, "cheesecake" and so on basically disappeared once porn was legalized. And it has taken a few decades of legal porn for enough people to get fed up with it, and being open now to the possibility of Simple Nudes, without the focus on sex.
If you are one of the people with the perceptions necessary to appreciate these things, you have come to the right place. This movement is so new and comparatively small that we felt there was a need for a site that listed the known sites that loosely belong within it ("loosely" meaning some of the sites are actually fine art leaning towards simple nudes). Tell your friends about Simple Nudes. And if you know of a site which fits here but is not on the list, tell the owner about this site.