Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It's Super-Prude

Apparently a teacher in Frisco, TX has been suspended and reprimanded because a parent complained that their child was exposed to -- gasp!-- nude art while on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art in April.

Oh, what shall we do? We must protect the children at all costs from seeing nude art, omigod. Can't have that.

McGee has said her troubles started after taking 89 students on a school field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art in April.

The principal at Fisher elementary, Nancy Lawson, later admonished McGee about the trip, telling her a parent complained about a student seeing nude art, said Dunn, a Dallas labor lawyer.

School officials didn't reveal which parent made the complaint.

McGee also said it was the principal who urged her to take the students to the museum, Dunn said.

I want to know which parents. I really do. What adult found the thought of nude art for fifth-graders so horrible, so unimaginable, that they complained to the school. That's almost laughable, if it wasn't so pitiful. These are people who see any possible exposure of the human body as bad and dirty and wrong. And if they had a reason for finding it so bad (for example a muslim rule against female nudity or something - which I imagine the paper would have mentioned) then they should have investigated the museum before allowing their kid to go on the field trip. What adult doesn't know that art sometimes involves people without their clothes on?

And these are TEN-YEAR-OLDs. What could possibly be on display at an art museum that would be so awful that you complained that your ten-year-old child was "exposed" to it? As far as I can tell from the Dallas Museum website, it's run-of-the-mill artistic nudes. There's no six-foot penis sculpture in the lobby, no life-sized full-color models of genitalia or wild orgy scenes. No Mapplethorpes. Just bare breasts on a statue here and there, or a male nude figure with small penis in repose. The stuff that graces every single art musuem in the country.

That's taking prudery to a level I can't quite imagine. And the school board voted not to renew this teachers contract -- she's been teaching 28 years. Welcome to the new puritanism.

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