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Who decided that there was something sinister about a woman’s nipple? Obama? Queen Noor of Jordan? No, and no. It’s so puzzling how something as biologically basic as a nipple could cause such an uproar. But it has, time and time again.

But as of today, it has gone too far. A painting titled “Nu couché” by Amedeo Modigliani went up for auction at Christie’s New York. The oil painting, created in 1917, features a woman lying down in the nude.

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And people were very interested. So interested in fact, the painting sold for approximately $225 million.

nipples

It’s a painting of a nude. And nude portraiture isn’t new, as the art form was popularized by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, François Boucher and infinite others. And yet, in 2015, the appearance of nipples and a bristly pubic region were considered too hot for TV by Bloomberg. The station opted to blur out the painted lady’s nipples, as if she never had them at all.

But the weird censorship of a painted woman’s breasts and vagina from a fine art painting doesn’t stop there. The Financial Times elected to black bar her erogenous zones.

Are these steps to hide our eyes from very real, very human body parts worth it or effective? Or has censorship of nipples gone a bit too far?