Thursday, February 26, 2009

Continuing a discussion on "decency"

My grandma emailed this to me today about my little incident yesterday... and I laughed so hard I was crying. This is one of the many reasons why I love her and her sarcastic not-so-conservative spirit!!
"Poor Mrs D!  You forgot that artists' nudes are pornographic.  Tsk, tsk!  Now your poor students will only have to look at scenery, fat women with small waists, men with big hats and mustaches, or something abstract that they'll never understand.  You must remind them that they must NEVER visit an art museum, gallery or Paris (the worst!).  sigh.  Don't feel bad about this - who knew?  Should this list also include the Baby Jesus, always fat and naked?  They'll never know the beauty and majesty or the muscular strength of the naked male, or the soft curves of the naked female.  Poor things.  Don't despair - perhaps you'll be lucky enuf to get a job somewhere where these things are appreciated."
Which will probably not be an elementary school. Don't get me wrong. I loved elementary teaching. But I want to be able to look at and talk about REAL art, FREELY (without worrying about censoring every little thing or things....) Is that so wrong?

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