So today I had a very interesting experience....
A few days ago a friend of mine from Northern Virginia called me to ask if I would be able/willing to help him out with a class he is teaching. The class is meant to empower girls. He thought it would be cool if he would interview me about my art since my work is all about empowering people to love their bodies. When he told the powers that be which people he was planning to have as guests for his class, they looked at the info, looked at our websites, etc., and told him that it wouldn't work for him to interview me. As he phrased it, "they decided me bringing up the topic of anything that might include nudity was itching for problems."
That makes me SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO curious! What is it about nudity that is problematic?
I recognize some people will look at me like I just asked what's wrong with shooting the president? Duh - it's wrong! bad! not done! will get you in trouble!
But nudity? I truly don't understand what is wrong with it.
Are people afraid their children will go out and start having rampant sex because they've seen breasts and pubic hair in a painting? Do they equate nudity with pornography? I'd love to hear your ideas about why you think people are so hesitant to have their children see naked bodies, especially if they're painted respectfully.
An adult art student of mine told me that her brother refused to take his 16-year-old daughter into the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, because he didn't want her to see the nudes in there.
I love the ending to that story, though - a couple of years later, this same daughter won an art competition and a trip to Paris by painting a picture of herself and her boyfriend nude from the waist up!
Perhaps it is our desire as a nation to control nudity that makes people so darn excited to see it.