When life and art collide …

A fitness club ad running in Boston magazine that depicts nuns sketching a naked man has triggered protests among some members of the Bay State’s Catholic community.

The ad for the Equinox Fitness Club is running in this month’s issue and some Catholic organizations blasted the photo saying it was offensive.

C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts said the ad shows contempt for the Catholic religion.

“It says a great deal about this perverse obsession in both the fashion industry and the advertising industry of exploiting and mocking and sexualizing Catholic religious imagery,” Doyle said.

That’s the Catholic Action League for you … no sense of humor.

Actual nuns have a different opinion.

“It is crass, but there are a lot of crass things that I don’t pay attention to. I don’t need to,” said Sister Martha Moss.

“We work in the media all the time and we know that these things come and go and the best thing is to let them go,” said Sister Kathryn Hermes.

I find it interesting that the real sexual imagery here has been missed entirely. The anxious voyeur looking in from the windowed door, the slutty makeup, the stockings and the exposed legs, the piercing gaze. All very none-nun.

Meanwhile, the naked man is standing in classical Grecian discus-thrower pose. What could be more traditional, staid, and, well, classical?


  1. #1 J-Dog
    January 31, 2008

    Whoa!, are these the Little Sisters of The Hawt, or what?

    My grade school nuns, the Sisters of The Ex- Dachau Guards,and did NOT look like this!

  2. #2 jim
    January 31, 2008

    They guy is nude not lecharus.

  3. #3 the real cmf
    February 1, 2008

    Now that I am older, I still wonder if her name ‘Sister Merry Rose’ had anything to do with tulips, or flowers at all…..

  4. #4 NewEnglandBob
    September 14, 2010

    “C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts said the ad shows contempt for the Catholic religion.”

    That is because THE CATHOLIC RELIGION IS CONTEMPTIBLE! The pope is a criminal and the hierarchy is corrupt.

  5. #5 L.Long
    September 15, 2010

    Lets see a poster of girls painting…..
    A large number of protected pedophile priests….
    Which is more damning????

    OH! of course the nuns with naked guy!!
    How silly of me I should have known that right off.
    The nuns have their sexy calves exposed!!!!
    I’m so hot and turned on by the legs showing (heavy breathing).

  6. #6 David
    South Africa
    May 14, 2013

    I leave the interpretation of the nuns’ gaze to you, but I must comment on your reading of the model. Surely, he is posed to suggest not a Grecian athlete but the biblical figure of David as portrayed by the greatest Catholic sculptor of all time – Michelangelo. The flexed left arm, the weight on the right foot, even the figure raised on a plinth – plus the evidence of the sketches on the easel – all point to this universally admired sculpture as the ‘model for the modelling’. Michelangelo’s nude male figures caused plenty of consternation in his own time … Some things don’t change.