On the trite and ancient subject of the nude - is there still a conceptual difference between the female and the male nude? In the last decades the subject of the female nude has been postmodernised ad nauseum, objectified this, patriarchal that. The male nude has at times been marginalised into a province of gay liberation. Examples spring to mind which illustrate the inequality of the subjects. If I remember correctly, the Greeks saw the male nude as the pinnacle of perfection. The Renaissance went the other way, culminating eventually in Victorian era painterly equivalents of today's "fine art nude". Say if you take a particular point in photographic history, there appears to be a distinction between the male and female nude. The 1950s, for example, with the fine experemintation in the photography of the female nude and the male nude being largely represented by homoerotic beefcake 'art' (I'm generalising). So, in this topsy-turvy oh so post-modern world, is there a greater convergence to a 'nude' rather than male or female nude? Or will our preferences continue to guide the way society sees both subjects? Thoughts?