Are we weird enough yet?

By Nathan Barton

As our society further slides into utter confusion and chaos, becoming less and less a society in which liberty can flourish, we keep seeing stranger and stranger events.

One of the latest is a proposal highlighted in MSN and USA Today this week: the National Park Service has approved an application to erect an 45-foot-high lighted statue of a nude woman on the “National Mall” – that strip of grass and concrete stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, lined by the various museums of the Smithsonian Institution and interrupted by the Washington Monument.  That obelisk is 555 feet tall, so this naked woman sculpture won’t overshadow it, but the glow in the dark feature may certainly distract people from the monuments and memorials and museums around it.  To say nothing of the cesspools of corruption and evil adjacent: the Capitol with its massive office buildings full of Congresscritturs and their immediate minions; the White House (palace of someone more powerful than any emperor in history), and of course, the looming facades of dozens of government office building teeming with bureaucrats and political appointees striving with all their might to outdo the corruption and megalomania of those in the two most imposing buildings around the mall.

This much larger than life naked woman is a fitting monument (even though this is unfair to prostitutes) for the kind of sewer (not just swamp) that the District of Criminals is.  But apparently the intent of the people trying to do this is much different. (“The sculpture was created by artist Marco Cochrane as part of The Bliss Project. He said the sculpture was meant to combat a culture that increasingly dehumanizes women and sexualizes the female form.”)  This includes pushing for the passage of the moribund 1972-vintage Equal Rights Amendment.

The figure, standing balanced on both feet with her hands at her side, open, as if in abject surrender to whatever she faces and ready to be shackled, hardly seems to be the sort of thing that is supposed to “desexualize” the female form.  The story talks about the intense realism of Cochrane’s work, so there are no Italian Renaissance fig leaves or the like.  I do not know if the statue will actually face the Washington Monument or not, but given what the denizens of the District regularly do to both the citizens of the Fifty States and much of the world, “she” appears to be very vulnerable no matter what she faces.

Plans call for the statue to only remain in place for four months, before presumably finding a permanent home somewhere.  Its tackiness and symbolism (both intended and unintended by the promoters) will no doubt linger for a very long time.

Only in 21st Century America would we find people willing to donate the $90,000+ to put a naked, suggestive statue in the middle of one of the world’s best known urban open spaces, supposedly to promote safety and equal rights and “combat” dehumanization” and “sexualization” of half the human race. It will be interesting to see what ceremonies and events are staged around it; will she be worshiped? Protested? The statute (named “R-Evolution”) will be guarded continuously (although given DC’s tyrannical, immoral, and unconstitutional gun laws, I assume that they will be unarmed).

Just one more piece of evidence of the growing disconnection to reality we are experiencing here in the Fifty States. In a land where people are offended and distressed by statues which remind them of unpleasant events and conditions a century and a half ago and more, it is clear that some sorts of offense and distress are more recognized than others.

Mama’s Note: A large, glow in the dark statue of a naked woman. I can’t think of a more appropriate place for it than Washington, DC. Naked and helpless… sure does not sound like a way to empower women and fight the sexism. Idiots.

The only objection I have to it is being funded by stolen tax money, but even that has become rather a moot question. I suspect that most of the people making “private” donations to the fund for this thing are, one way or another, supported by government subsidies and “tax breaks” – or any of a number of connections to government theft and coercion.

And, as incredible as it may sound, I suspect that this kind of thing IS now the “reality” of much of our society. There’s not much any of us can do about it.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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