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Re: A&E.O lesson plan--womens bodies in feminist art

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Gary Bogus (gbogus)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 16:18:06 -0800

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I would be rather uncomfortable with teaching some of your ideas to high
school students, because of their sometimes extreme discomfort with their
OWN bodies, not to mention problems with societal norms about nudity and
genitalia (their parents and the school board),

I wonder if you've given much thought to comparing nudes through history -
from Rubens' concept of female beauty (large) through African and central
American fertility figures to Barbie. The discussion about her alone should
be intriguing! I wouldn't bring contemporary feminists in until later -
how about Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger, whose work is less
confrontational? Sometimes if you approach the topic in a more subtle,
oblique way, teenagers will then be better able to see the more
confrontational work on their own terms, and not be so put off by the overt
sexuality. It's important to be sensitive to their feelings about sex,
which may be pretty touchy at this age.

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