On that note, I will be publishing an essay on Pigtails in Paint sometime this month, entitled, “Why We Need Naked Kids”, which will likely be posted on its own page, as I think it is important enough to warrant it. A provocative title? You bet, but the fact that this title would be considered provocative today demonstrates exactly why the essay is so desperately needed, because I see nothing inherently provocative about naked children, in art or any other social context. It is only provocative because we, as a society, have decided it is so. This blog was born in part as a result of what I see as a grave and growing injustice: the ever-narrowing strictures of what is allowable when it comes to children. Those strictures manifest in a variety of ways, but the one I am most concerned with is the artist’s right to depict children, girls particularly, in the nude or in a sexual context. In terms of the latter, it is important that we learn to differentiate art that speaks about child sexuality from images which are intended merely to arouse a prurient interest. My essay addresses this matter to some extent, but, as I said, it is mostly concerned with nudity.
[Some text edited for time-sensitive information that is no longer relevant. You can examine the December posts for yourself.]
I do have one more announcement: I got my first Wikimedia Commons link-back last month, for which I’m quite proud. It was for Guillaume Seignac’s ‘Psyche’.