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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Linda Kelty
Wed, 24 Nov 1999 22:49:55 -0500
I taught at the elementary level for 20 plus years. At first I struggled
with the issue of nudity in the beautiful books I wanted to show my
students. The most successful approach I've found, and it works with middle
school students too, is to explain the difference between fine art and
pornography. Fine art makes us reflect on the subject, think about it in new
ways. For some artists, the nude was like a prayer or a bible story, as in
the Sistine Chapel. The human body is normal and natural. I explain that
pornography is designed to make people to think sexually and to become
excited. If it makes you uncomfortable, or makes you feel dirty then
probably it's pornographic. If you get embarrassed, giggle and feel naughty
looking at an unclothed figure without looking at why it was painted, then
the dirty thoughts are in your mind. The students handle this pretty well
and the embarrassment is removed by confronting the issue directly. This is
a very simplified version of the discussion, but you get the idea.
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