Some comments about this on Facebook:
@ Taiaiake, she's insanely beautiful, stunning really! But, I'm curious (perhaps you can proffer some insight): If this cover had come out in the U.S. I'm guessing there would have been a tiny-but-mighty uproar &, generally speaking, it just would not have "flown"...is there some divide between the U.S. and Canada in this regard? I mean, I'm good with, like, the entire cover (with a tiny-but-mighty caveat, that we might discuss later) EXCEPT for the feather. I mean, what's THAT about?
Someone once said to me "if there are going to be stereotypes then let it be the ones you want." This version of "naked savage" is one that I can tolerate. It shows us as the beautiful people we are. I know, I know, the women argue that there are no men like this but frankly they're aren't any Native men's butts that are that shapely. :-P
There was a bit of grumbling about playing to stereotype, etc., and she did a LOT of news shows to explain her motives and view on what it accomplished. I agree: she was looking good and it reflected on Mohawks well in spite of breaching pol. correctness. But to your question...I think that Canada is less Protestant than the US culturally, and there is the French/European influence in the culture as well, so that's why this sort of thing isn't as big a deal.
I'd say this is more of a sexy princess stereotype than a naked savage stereotype. It's borderline acceptable since the pose emphasizes her athleticism rather than her body parts. By altering the pose slightly, the image could've veered into unacceptable territory pretty easily.
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