Paedophilia or Art?

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The word you keep hearing in reference to Bill Henson’s controversial exhibition of pictures of adolescents is ‘sick’. And the photographs may be. But what is definitely sick is the way people have fallen over themselves to condemn these artworks without having ever seen them – in context – in an art gallery. Politicians of all colours, sensing an easy free kick, have all lined up for a go over the last 24 hours since the story was beaten into an issue by right-wing columnist, Miranda Devine… read on.

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17 Responses to “Paedophilia or Art?”

  1. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    I’m not sure if any of these politicians realise, but chidlren are born naked, into a room of people. Straight away they are grabbed, pulled, touched, tested. Parents, caregivers, babysitters, nanny’s, day care centre workers have to touch certain places in order to clean them on young children who have not yet learnt or are too small to do it themselves.

    Just becuase someone has a working with children check (called a “Blue card” in come states i think) doesn’t mean they don’t like looking at little children – it just means they haven’t been caught.

    What self respecting paedophile goes and perves at an art exhibition. What do we think they are going to do? Flock to the gallery in droves, wank in front of the photos and come all over the wall? Get a life.

    As far as I am aware, nudity has been a part of art for a very long time. At the moment, if the parents sign the model release, giving permission for the artist to reproduce the photo of the children in any way they like – the photo is the property of the photographer.

    Do you think being prudish does hand in hand with being a politician? I am not a paedophile and I generally do not get along with chidren anyway so would not go see the exhibition even if they were clothed, but do realise that everyone is born naked and we cannot go on forever pretending to be polite by trying to forget what we all have under our clothes.

    Some typos in there ^

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  3. Tim Says:

    Totally hear what you are saying… there were those who called the nakedness depicted on the walls of the Sistine Chapel lewd… so anyway it is sad what has happened except that it allows us to have the debate we are now having.

  4. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    I agree, Tim. There is also the debate of what is exactly “sexualising” chidlren? I would tend to say that anybody – adult or child – standing stark naked in a blank space without context is hardly sexy. Usually adult men standing stark naked without context is downright funny. However I would also argue that parents dressing their kids in mini skirts, knee-high boots, binikis and etc is sexualising them.Big Brother sexualised you Tim but we didn’t make a huge deal of it (not that I minded yum yum)

  5. Tim Says:

    You can’t see it but I’m blushing. And smiling. Now I’m thinking about how I don’t have a girlfriend… and I’m frowning… now I’m dwelling on it… and now I’m crying.

  6. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    Aww, Timmy. You don’t want a nerd, anyway. Or someone named “Pickle”.

    Well if you do you know where I am – usually sitting at my desk posting on your blog what I should be posting on MY blog. My blog is so bare becuase I direct all my complaints about media and current affairs here. Fuck you for stealing my brain content!
    (Yes I am educated and have a job, by the way. Just one that’s not particularly stimulating in case you didn’t notice)

    Obviosuly the lack of comment from the peanut gallery regarding my mindless blabbing is in direct relation to the number of people who actually visit your site. Ha.

    By the way – does looking at Brigette make anyone else gag? It doesn’t even have anything to do with her physicality, just the fact that I swear if the camera zoomed in on her ear it could see right through to the other side.

  7. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    This is going to be one of those well known internet situations where Pickle isn’t really Pickle, but a dirty 50-something in a trashy hotel room.

    In fact I only call myself Pickle becuase it’s the only word I can find to describe my large,lumpy, green penis.

    (Pickle is female, I swear on my brother’s life)

    (Pickle never had a brother)


  8. Tim Says:

    ok so we were getting closer there for a while, but that last post, it scared me a little.

  9. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    Oh stop whining, I’m a chick. I can prove it. Facebook can prove it. So there.

  10. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    Also, not everyone has their own person ego masseuse and general webpage freak (who is not the least interested in stalking), so be grateful for what you do have!

    As long as your image is in the public domain, I am allowed to mention that both yourself, and your babble, is pleasing to the eye. And you should let yourself feel good that someone gave you a compliment. Ja?

    If you leave me, what am I to do? I will have to put out an ad on craigslist, gumtree to something similarly shamefull (God forbid I should have to resort to a Myspace bulletin). Something like this:

    Tall, blonde 20-something “webpage freak” seeks stable blog for the posting of rants and general haunting. Attractive but bitter/cynical host preferred (your are so Tim!). Me: educated, sarcy, odd sense of humour. You: GSOH, TYG, JUT, HHT and PKY. You must be flexible and open minded to the fact that I see other blogs apart from yours and and do (believe it or not) have a life outside of my computer. All offers answered. Email

  11. Tim Says:

    Well that certainly set me and a few other things straight.

  12. Tim Says:

    Be careful I’m starting to like you too.

  13. Tim Says:

    Your facebook claim is however a fib.

  14. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:


    You searched for me? You’re such a creepy stalker, Tim.

    I was not fibbing, but do admit that those photos were taken last year and I will admit that I do look that nerdy in reality. 🙁

    Apology, please.

  15. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    Oh shame. I’m so vain.

    Also, in the context of the original article you posted, that open-mouthed simley could be seen as ever so slightly wrong.

  16. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    Also don’t care that my profile is here for all to see. I’m off now to work on my plan to take over the world. One Pickle at a time.

  17. Pickle Thompson Thiele Says:

    You’re starting to like me? Nah – you’re just used to me being around now.

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