Let's jump right in, shall we?
Did you know in film a female on male oral sex scene is given a lighter rating than a male on female oral sex scene? Really - check out the link on Evan Rachel Wood at the bottom of this page. On film, a man can have an orgasm on screen under any sexual circumstance and it's fine. A woman can only have an orgasm on film with the same rating if a penis is inside her. Hmm... something's not right here. That's like saying it's okay for kids to know that men feel pleasure and should receive sexual favors from women. But women enjoying sex? Women being made to feel good by men without the use of a penis? We'll keep that tucked away until you're older and already have a preconceived and incorrect notion on sex and how it works.
Your film will lose a large demographic when a movie is rated highly by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). It literally becomes harder to market. And the MPAA has never released a set of guidelines on what separates ratings from one another. It's just a panel of people who vote on stuff. Don't believe me? Check out the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
Women are usually the ones participating in the most nudity on film as well. I'm not saying you should never use nudity. Nudity is natural. It's how we were born and once we die being nude isn't even a thing anymore. Nudity becomes an issue when I go days unable to submit to auditions because the overwhelming majority are asking me to be naked on camera without any clear sensitivity or creative credence or respect to what they are asking. As proof, I have provided screenshots from several breakdowns. All of these I found within 10 minutes. This is just a peek into what an average day of logging on and searching for work looks like for a female actor.
So they want partial or full nudity on top of no or little pay while they as a director or production team have little to show for their previous works. Thanks for the offer, but if you want to see me naked move across the street. Sometimes when I forget to close my curtains my neighbors get a show. I'm cool with that. I mean, maybe they aren't, and I should probably remember to close my curtains before I get out of the shower, but at least I'm not being spoon fed some bullshit about how the female body is just so beautiful and shedding my clothing would be for the sake of "art." Also, my curtains are aaalll the way on the other side of my room.
But but but - It WILL be artistic and beautiful and you'll have your own dressing room on set and no one will be there but those who are needed! Point is, it's still unfair objectification. If you're going to declare female nudity is required, why not male nudity as well? Surely a double whammy in nudity is even MORE creative than just female nudity!? If a director or writer insists that one single moment of the film requires the audience to see a female naked, I can almost guarantee that the nudity came before the full story was even fleshed out. I find it hard to believe that a writer would sit down to write and then suddenly realize "well shit, the only thing that can happen now is some nudity. I simply can't write another word without it." I see it more like "hmm, how can I create a scene with female nudity that is so justified I'd be called an artist?" And the story spreads from there.
That being said, nudity on film is not always tasteless. There is, however, something tasteless about the boobs to balls ratio. Oh, what's that? You don't wanna see balls? But I happen to find the male body beautiful. It's not THAT different from mine and it's just as interesting. See - I'm being a true feminist here. Men and women should experience equal nudity!
The thing is...no matter what anyone tells you, nudity isn't required to make a movie. Sometimes it helps effectively make an audience feel a certain way, but if you're creative enough you can achieve that same affect in other ways. Most of the time using nudity is just a cheap way to seem edgy or risqué.
Women of the modern world, we may not have started this mess, but it's gone on too long and it's up to us to fix it. We need to have more respect for ourselves and the sort of work we contribute to show business.
But how CAN we fix this?
One: If I'm ever asked to do nudity in any of the scenarios I've imagined in my head, I think I'll insist on male nudity as well. If you still have to convince me that just female nudity is necessary after I read the script, that means the script wasn't strong enough to speak for itself. THAT should be the biggest production concern - not finding an actress willing to take her top off for subpar writing. And before you accuse me of just being a prude, I have performed entirely naked for a six-week run of a show. I wasn't being sexualized or billed as some attraction, so I was up to the challenge.
Two: I will have an active voice in the way the scene is cut together. Obviously the director is the boss and I'll absolutely respectfully handle any disagreements, but while it is the director's film it is my body. My body is worth more than a final cut of any film. On top of the vulnerability of being naked, there is also the whole performance aspect as well. I would have paid my dues enough to have a say in the final cut.
Three: don't give away your power. It reads as desperation. Even sexier than a naked woman is a woman in control.
Trey Parker & Matt Stone have a few choice words for the MPAA as well: