Breasts at the Arboretum
The Kansas City Star
I just heard! There is outrage at the Overland Park arboretum! Quick, shield the eyes of your youngsters. Was it a turtle that fell out of her shell without the appropriate undershirt on? No! Was it a mother bunny nursing her baby bunnies without the appropriate covering to hide herself from the public? No! Was it the female chipmunk that didn’t run fast enough from one rock to another exposing her naked self to innocent bystanders? No, it wasn’t even that.
It was breasts of the female, human species. Unlike nature that is uncovered, these breasts must be covered immediately! This according to people who are outraged that a statue in the statue garden at the Overland Park arboretum have been complaining about a statue that has exposed female breasts! Quick hide your eyes at natural body parts of the human species displayed in nature. The outrage, the horror, the damaged eyes of our innocent children….
If you haven’t Googled it yet, the statue is of a body of a female with breasts exposed holding a camera and it looks like she is taking a picture of her exposed breasts. Some of the outrage is around the “glorification” of taking photos of your naked body. I heard criticism around the fact that this is encouraging our young people to engage in this activity and “sext” these pictures.
Hold on people. Just hold the outrage for a quick sec. See, the camera in the statue is that, a camera. If kids are “sexting” I think they are using the iPhone that you, as parents, have provided for them. Not a camera. That is very old school. So shame on you parents, not the statue, for purchasing the devices that these kids are sexting on.
Second, I’m not a parenting expert or anything, but here is how I would deflect any glorification provided by the statue for sexting. “Suzy, if you think it’s cool to take a picture of your breasts and sext them to anyone, check out this statue. See, the statue doesn’t have a head. That’s what could happen to you if you sext. You could also turn to stone and end up for eternity standing in an arboretum with everyone looking at your boobies with no head.” Trust me; the thought of the public looking at my daughter’s breasts in a public place for eternity is enough to scare her to death. My child is mortified at the idea of changing in her bathing suit in a public locker room. Also, my daughter is pretty attached to her head.
Here is where the real outrage should be, me and my appropriately covered breasts were just at the Overland Park Arboretum last weekend and I wasn’t even aware this sculpture garden existed. I would have liked to see the sculptures. Instead I was busy looking at naked nature.
Chill out on the petitions and just enjoy the fact that your beautiful city of Overland Park has an amazing arboretum that is currently free to the public. Pack yourself a picnic lunch and, if you choose, stay away from the sculpture garden. There are many cities in America who would die to have what Overland Park has. Stop complaining and just enjoy it.