Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Perverted Perspective Of Our Prime Minister

In times of crisis such as these, I think that a pithy, highly replicable meme can come in handy. Here's mine, with thanks to Irene of the STOP censorship mailing list for drawing my attention to Amy Adler's insightful analysis of these questions.

I find it disturbing that when confronted with the image of a naked 12-year-old girl our Prime Minister instantly interprets the image as a paedophile would - as the depicition of an object of forbidden sexual desire. He could have chosen the interpretation the artist intended, but he chose not to. Perhaps Prime Minister Rudd's reputation as a nerdy intellectual is undeserved after all.