It is a sticky wicket, censorship. We all agree with the proverbial "you can't shout 'fire!' in a crowded theater". Some words, thoughts, expressions, can lead to extreme harm, yet applying censorship can easily lead to inappropriate suppression of ideas. We see censorship all around us, some might be for the common good, but most is the silence freedom or opposition. But who is to judge when censorship avoids harm or leads to harm?
I understand about censorship in business forums etc as you know. I have to live with that daily. It is understandable.
Bu, why do so many people feel the need to censor art? After all... take nudity for example. Are we not all naked under our clothes? We see it every day in the bathroom. What makes other bodies so bad?
Ah, yes. Nudity. Why are there prudish people that want to protect others from offensive looks? None of the explanations or excuses make sense to me. Some want to protect children, yet kids are not at all offended, they accept the world around them. "Shame" has to be learned.
There is a study out that seems to find that it is not nudity but "suggestive" posing that affects how folks are aroused.
I remember the reaction of some American colleagues on a visit to France when our host pulled out some family photos that showed his teenage daughter topless on a beach. The photos were perfectly acceptable there, but really made my coworkers uncomfortable. The U.S., for all its modern technology, is awfully prudish when it comes to showing "ankles" and more. Why?
Then there were the outraged reactions to young men wearing their pants with the belt closer to the knees than the waist. There was even talk of legislation to ban such offensive appearance. The fad, once it was being ignored, ran its course.
I will have to stand around some galleries or museums and ask visitors why they would ban some works. I bet I would get few answers that make sense.
Yes. I believe that censorship is appropriate and needed in art. Not everything that is a mind needs to be seen by the world. What immediately surfaces to me is hate, depicting and reveling in harm. Also sexualizing children.
I'm not saying that all art ought to be happy or avoid difficult subjects. But I don't believe that humanity needs to be subjected to every perversity an artist can imagine.
Pornography should not be censored for those who want to view it. Perhaps behind closed doors but not completely got rid of. After all, prostitution is the oldest profession in the world so there is a call for it
We show racism all the time in images on television and the social media. It teaches others what we believe racism to be.
I believe in censorship, in some instances. But unfortunately, that varies from person-to-person. I have no problem with tasteful nudity, but we all have different tastes. So, who's taste is is based on? Most religious people have a problem with any nudity. Because they are taught the body, particularly the naked body, is somehow wrong or evil. It's our most natural state.
That being said, it's up to the artist to learn or educate themselves on what is and is not appropriate for when and where you're showing your work. If you're doing a show where children are the audience, that would not be a place where nudity would be appropriate.