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Definitely Not Baja Georgia

My wife's uncle is also a friend of mine; might seem obvious but think about that. All the in-law jokes you've ever heard are because in-laws may not necessarily be friends. Still. Vis (short for Visual Data, sort of a username on another on-line community and also the name of his web site) is a fine-art photographer. Unlike me who am mostly informally educated in art, Vis holds a Masters and has taught at college level. He taught only for six years or so, being of the opinion that art professors shouldn't be tenured. It tends to make them sticks in the mud, and as artists they need to be willing to change, grow, experiment.

He posted this link about censorship in art in that other on-line community. And this is happening in a location other than Baja Georgia... in fact, it's happening in what was a Blue State, and in a community long noted for its eccentrics and artists (not always being the same, either). It is part of the reason why, even though my personal views on the rights of health-care professionals to choose on delivery of care differs from several on my Friends List, I agree that those very same professionals are required to find an alternative for the people asking to meet their needs as a part of their professional obligations. Because if I start asking for people to look at these kinds of censorship, I sure as hell better be willing to find common ground with the people who may come to support artists.

Just sayin'.

On another front, I've begged off going to friends for dinner tonight. I spent a good part of the afternoon recumbent and asleep after feeding the ranch, and I would just rather not share this particular bug. So more chicken soup is in my future (y'all will probably get tired of hearing about my chicken soup before I get tired of mentioning it), though I must go feed the Border Collie Bros first.

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starcat_jewel
Apr. 16th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
I consider this to be on a par with Ashcroft covering up Justice's bare breasts. Which is to say, stupid, misguided, and more likely to promote the sorts of attitudes they claim[1] not to want than letting it be installed will.

[1] Yes, I think these people are arguing in bad faith. The data is out there -- trying to suppress all mention of sexuality and make the human body into an object of shame leads to a much more highly-sexualized society than making it an everyday thing. They want that highly-sexualized charge... possibly because it's the only kind they can get. (MEOW!)

madshutterbug
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
Amen, sister!

(whoops, I guess that could be misconstrued too, eh?)

Repression, of nearly anything, raises the desire for the item/object/what-ever being repressed. Prohibition is another example. But then, you made the point a while back that this may be the plan; it provides fuel for their fires.
singingnettle
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Ashcroft's covering Justice's breasts makes about as much sense as my squirrel bra. Jaysus.

I'd really like to see you start feeling better (yeah, I know you'd like to see you feeling better too)...I wonder if you have the Endless Flu, aka California flu.

I know you're taking care of yourself as best you can...hope it yeilds healthness soon.
madshutterbug
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
Actually, your squrrel bra makes more sense; it's a joke, a visual joke. That wasn't the intent behind Ashcroft's actions.

After two nights of going to be fairly early and getting up rather late, hot tea, lots of chicken soup (even if not SWMBO's recipe), and warm fuzzy kittens and Mama Munch and Houdini tailwaggins, I dont feel as bad. But I am thinking I may call in sick for tomorrow.

This was forecast as a bad flu year, and I don't normally get a flu shot because I'm usually fairly healthy. Too many other stressors stacked up this year. Life... it's what happens when you're making plans.
marjai
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
l'm sorry l'm not close enough to supply matzo balls. Though I'm certain SWMBO makes a kick-germ chicken soup.
madshutterbug
Apr. 17th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
She does. Unfortunately, she's in Deltona taking care of family business, and I'm trying to re-create her work. Never did claim to be as good a cook as she is, only that I really like eating her cooking! *G*

Mmmm, matzo balls...
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