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Personally...

Posted to Poetry and Politics




...I don't have a problem funding right-wing art. Everyone has the right to express themselves. I've never understood the pull yrself up from yr own boot straps mentally, even when righty's apply it to themselves...talk about needing to lighten up.

Anyway...regarding Mapplethorpe's exhibit...if you hear interviews with Jesse (see the movie Dirty Pictures) he expressly says he did not feel violated, or exploited, or in any way sexualized by the pictures and still doesn't feel that way today. So, considering he was the one being photographed, I mean, I think HE'D have more say over how exploited he felt at the moment...Jesse's mother also felt perfectly comfortable with the pictures. My parents have naked pictures of me when I was a baby...many of them in which my genitals are exposed...in some im even posing as superman...does that make it perverted super-hero kiddie porn? I dont feel exploited...I guess what Im saying is, Im sympathetic to the critique you level at the artistic establishment...just make sure its reflective criqitue that cuts both ways (towards the left and right)...