Why I Posed Naked at 44
Mary Elizabeth Williams did it for vulnerability, not empowerment
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 1:05 PM CST
This is not Mary Elizabeth Williams, but she probably knows how the columnist feels.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Mary Elizabeth Williams, 44-year-old columnist and mother of two, decided to do something that scared her: Pose naked in Time Out New York. But “this isn't a story of how I took off my clothes and became all empowered by the experience,” she writes in Salon—she’s already quite empowered, thank you very much. No, this was an experience that “let me be, for a little while, vulnerable”—and, more importantly, gave her lots of funny column anecdotes.

From the Playboy vet who coached her on how to minimize the squished-butt look to the daughter who reassured her, “it’s just boobies,” Williams takes us through her journey, culminating in a role as “the beagle” in a naked re-creation of the dogs-playing-poker painting. When it was over, “alone and naked, the four of us ladies made tender yet surprisingly innovative love until the break of dawn," she writes. "OK, not really, but I figured if you've read thus far, it was likely in the hope of such an outcome.”

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passinthru
Jan 22, 2010 7:20 AM CST
"WHY DID I POSE NUDE AT 44?" Answer: Midlife Crisis.
Observer
Jan 22, 2010 3:43 AM CST
To see her naked: Look at the Playboy 1986 Miss April. She still looks quite nice after two kids.
yukonchuck06
Jan 21, 2010 5:47 AM CST
Nothin' like a little "SEASONED" snapper I say...As long as she doesn't look like Rosie O'Donnell I 'm good with it.