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Members of the film industry weigh in on navigating nude scenes after #MeToo

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A still from HBO's "Sex and the City." Though the show's material was often very steamy, it's star, Sarah Jessica Parker, maintained a no-nudity rider throughout the series.

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The rise of the #MeToo movement has continued to shed light on gender inequality and sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

Now, the conversation is heading toward sex scenes and the complexities that surround nudity on camera, as The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel details in her piece “The New Politics of Hollywood Sex Scenes in the #MeToo Era.” Nude scenes can be complicated to navigate, especially when unaccounted pressures are thrown into the mix due to power imbalances and other vulnerabilities.

Actresses and actors alike are more willing to ask for safeguards to protect them from such pressures while on set. Their lawyers are following suit by demanding stricter and uncompromising protections in nudity riders, including the right to sue for leaked footage. Most nudity riders trust the producer to use “good faith efforts” to get rid of the scene at the artist’s request. If the agreements have been properly negotiated, however, lawyers can put up a better fight for their clients’ rights.  

Yet, despite lawyers’ best efforts, the vulnerabilities that exist beyond an agreement may still remain on set.

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Tatiana Siegel, deputy film editor for The Hollywood Reporter; her latest piece is “The New Politics of Hollywood Sex Scenes in the #MeToo Era”; she tweets @TatianaSiegel27

Christy Lemire, film critic for KPCC, and co-host of YouTube’s “What the Flick?”;she tweets @christylemire

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind