06/28/2006: "The naked truth part II"
The State has a strict rule that none of their web sites may be linked to any site that includes nudity in any form. As many of your paintings are of nudes or semi-nudes we will not be able to link your site to our Made In Alaska web site.
Please call should you have any questions.
I know I've bitched about this before but it seems to be a wall I keep running up against. In the above case, I paid dues months ago to belong to this program promoting business that make their goods (including fine arts) in the state of Alaska and being featured on their websites is part of the deal. It doesn't seem fair!
There are also the places that won't show my work, or even hang my invitational posters...restrictions on which images can be printed in the newspaper, my ISP refused to register my domain name because of the reference to "colorful nudes", and then there are the Internet filters...
Which reminds me...I had a roommate from BYU during my Hawaiian conference and I have to admit I was a little worried about that at first; I don't think I've met anyone who has never taken a sip of beer, or a single puff from a cigarette...and doesn't even drink coffee! But despite the vast chemical gulf that separated us, we really hit it off. She turned out to be smart, interesting, and more importantly, a lot of fun! She recently emailed me to let me know that she's tried to access my site from campus (including the library where she works) but it has been blocked...I have heard from several people that filters have eliminated this site, I'm assuming due to the dreaded mention of (shhhhhh) nudity!
I guess it's OK to see people getting blown up on the evening news but a little skin (especially *female* skin) sends the morally courageous running for the hills.