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Re: Child development and art

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 23:29:04 -0500

Henry wrote: >Insomuch that the popular philo-religio ethic weighs
>in in opposition to cross gender experiencees of
>nudity it's a bit hypocritical. Given that some females
>object to the use of the generic female body in this
>way and that males are not represented in such a fashion
>the connotations of homosexuality associated with
>male nudity and of rape or simply hetrosexuality
>associated with the female nude; nudity in art is
>to one degree or another problematic for our culture.
I donīt see why nudity in art should have to be problematic for any
culture. Yes, in most of our classic art the nudes are female, but donīt
forget David and a few more. Also a number of 20th century artist have
certainly delt with this, we have both sexes shown nude in modern art. I
really think that this has to do with something in the American(United
States) culture, really donīt know exactly what. It is so strange like some
of you have pointed out that some parents will allow their children to
watch all kinds of violence and then freak out if a child runs around
naked in the sun. By the way in our years in America we and our best
friends with five children between us always did a lot of nude swimmming
and really put emphasis on that our children feel the human body is the
most natural and a very beautiful thing, and nothing to be ashamed of.
These children now; 25, 24, 23 and 22 are all very comfortable with their
bodies, nude or otherwise and are all very healthy individuals.
As far as this goes:
>I DON'T KNOW what ought to be done to resolve the
>problem(s) and I suspect that there is or will be
>no one singular and acceptable solution>.
Yes probably you are right Henry, but if we in this, like all other issues
of having impact upon changing things, start with our selves I think it
will be a start. Ask ourselves; why is it not wonderful to be able to swim
or sunbathe in the nude, and what are those things that being around nude
people could affect our children if we feel it is natural, which it is.
To me it is such a shame that there should be such a thing as censorship
that forbids children acess to some of the most magnificent artworks in
the world. Why? What could it do to a child to see the David, Gauginīs
paintings or numerous other masterpieces that depict the human body in itīs
most natural state?
Regards from the far north, Rosa