My daughter and I were at the library the other day, and I happened to grab a book on art as we walked in. I thought we would have fun looking at it together and maybe even learn something along the way…
We had only looked at a few paintings when we turned the page to see a painting of a lady, completely nude, being looked at by a group of men.
“Oops! She forgot to put her clothes on!” I said, as I quickly turned the page.
She immediately flipped the page back to look at the painting again. We talked about how the lady felt about being naked, based on the way she was standing. We decided that she was embarrassed and didn’t want to be naked. Then I turned the page again, trying to put that behind us.
We looked at another painting, but the naked lady before the men was obviously sticking in her mind, because she soon flipped the page back to look at it again.
We talked about how she was being sold as a slave. How it isn’t right for anybody to “own” another person. And, again, I flipped the page.
We lasted about five minutes before she wanted to go back for another look. Then it was time to leave the library.
Now she wants to go back and check out the book. There are a lot of naked people in the book. I’m all for art appreciation and art education, but how healthy is it for my five-year-old to look at so many renditions of the human body in all its glory?
There should be a manual…