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Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Kemp Muhl have re-created the famous photo of Yoko Ono and John Lennon taken just before he died.

But, as Kittywampus points out, the 2009 recreation is so much more normative and boring than the 1980 original, partly because of the decision to reverse the original set up and have the woman naked and the man clothed:

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Funny how John’s boy-nipples weren’t even exposed. His pose is more fetal than erotic. Remarkably Yoko Ono is shown as a sexual creature without being reduced to a sexualized male fantasy. The reversal of convention is so much more powerful than the capitulation to cliche in the newer photo. John and Yoko’s photo is both more intimate and more innocent.