In the Arts #4

Postcard 5

As a father concerned about his daughter’s self-image, how would you address the display of images in this museum? Why are men shown in vertical, athletic stances, usually clothed, while women are shown in reclining poses, often undressed? Why are female bodies more likely to be shown in idle poses and naked instead of dressed and engaged in purposeful activity?

Works of art are assessed by arts administrators who buy, curate, and display the objects in their institutions. Many of the images are women who are partially or totally naked, called “nudes.” Few pieces on display as art are of naked men, especially exposed frontally.


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