It’s just fan service.
I watched an anime that led me to the term fan service.
Fan service (ファンサービス fan sābisu ), fanservice, or service cut (サービスカット sābisu katto ), is a term originating from anime and manga fandom for material in a series which is intentionally added to please the audience. It is about “servicing” the fan - giving the fans “exactly what they want”. Fan service usually refers to “gratuitous titillation”, but can also refer to intertextual references to other series.
It`s all good, there are some serious otakus who just love this stuff. The anime I watched had an innocent premise of a quirky and comedic school drama. Most anime contend some sexual reference of some kind, but this one was on a whole different level. I was actually shocked when I saw an excessively drawn out scene of banana eating. This show is on netflix too.
Anyways, fan service is not just limited to sexy school girls and obviously inappropriate jokes, but also anything with long drawn out fight scenes between sci fi mechas, or heros that constantly get beat up only to discover some secret power with in them to beat their opponent.
Having a little foot in the door of alt modeling, there have been some critique on what is good or bad, and what is wrong or right, with modeling.
The two points are related in that the specific genre of what is supposed to be a creative outlet (photography as well as modeling), becomes less creative and more as fan service for those who crave more of it. Those who create it also have this seemingly obsessive affinity for this genre that they must make it for themselves and to share to others who are like-minded.
It is interesting when it is put on social media as it can be criticized by any one, especially those who do not have a draw towards this specific genre, or have seen it so much they become more critical and even judgmental or bitter on how it is done right or wrong.
In anime, the content created as fan service don’t seem as popular in main stream media, but are deeply loved by few. The quality, character development and plot may also absolutely suck, but it will still be popular because it contains those specific key elements that fans look for—like drawn out scenes of a cute girl eating bananas, grasping it with both hands, licking her lips, while the store owner stands close to her, exclaiming his history of selling bananas, getting out of breathe at the end of the scene. Some fans will absolutely love the looks of a woman in a naughty nurse outfit, even if the photography was poor and the idea of it has been done so many times before.
But I guess there is the question, whether or not this is a truly artistic endeavour, or just pandering to a specific few and gaining attention. Isn’t the creative product created to get a reaction or evoke some kind of feeling from the audience? If something is created, a dildo painted, a photo of a shadowy woman in bondage, a gory movie, or a song dedicated to Satan… then wouldn’t it have succeeded in becoming what it is supposed to when it gets attention from others, negative or positive?
I can see fault in some one declaring something an art form, when mainstream often dictates what is and what isn’t art (or good, or right…).
What is art and what isn’t?
How does personal perception of art and creativity weight in with mainstream standards (social, sexual and artistic standards)?
Can attention seeking content be considered art, even if its themes are questionable, or depicting extremely dark and taboo things? This includes jokes on rape, gory and violet movies, slutty photos of nurses…
Isn’t art supposed to be pushing the envelope? And is there a maximum amount of individuals who can regurgitate pushing the envelope before it gets over done?
Why is it that when I write these things I come up with more questions than answers?