Posted by: theoptimisticconservative | February 5, 2014

Creepy-guy art and the culture of a women’s college

Granted, this post is mostly for the pictures.  So go ahead, indulge your visual synapses.

The subject is a weirdly lifelike statue of a male in his underwear, appearing in the act of sleepwalking.  It was recently placed on the campus of Wellesley College in Massachusetts as part of the sculptor’s exhibit at Wellesley’s David Museum.

According to Talking Points Memo, students have started a petition to have the sculpture removed:

Zoe Magid, a junior at Wellesley, started a Change.org petition demanding the statue be removed from campus because many found it disturbing.

Sleepwalk statue 2a“The statue of the nearly naked man on the Wellesley College campus is an entirely inappropriate and potentially harmful addition to our community that we, as members of the student body, would like removed immediately,” the petition reads. “[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community.”

The petition had 319 signatures as of early Wednesday afternoon.

This is interesting to me.  I went to college back in the dark ages, at a small, private, co-ed university.  While in many ways we were really tame compared to college students today, …

See the rest On the QT…


Responses

  1. But is it art?

    • I’ll let you decide for the crew, dumb0x. What I was wondering is if it’s a self-portrait of the artist.

  2. Apprehension? Fear? Triggering thoughts of sexual assault? Are they kidding? Do none of these people have a sense of humor???

    • That’s kind of what I was wondering, Petunia. It also made me speculate on what they’re teaching these young gals. Teaching them to go in fear and terror of men seems kind of counterproductive.

      • My appetite for male art disappeared when I walked into my first latrine with open showers and about 40 toilets in two rows with no dividers. About the ugliest sight you can imagine. AIT wasn’t any better. Not a lot of male models walking around in those places.
        Slit trenches in the brush were much nicer. Except for the bugs and snakes.

  3. After a few years of gathering pigeon poop the statue will create a somewhat different impression.

  4. Heh – good point, cm. Unfortunately for the delicate sensibilities of the Wellesley undergrads, I fear the impression will just be more “Undead” by then.


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