Saturday, August 19, 2006

Speaking of Morality and Immorality

I saw on MSNBC this morning that Tamara Hoover agreed to resign under a settlement agreement. I'm disappointed but I respect her decision.
Briefly, she's a high school art teacher in Austin whose partner posted a lot of pictures of her on Flikr, a few of which were nudes. A student came across them and pointed them out to another teacher who was not well-disposed toward Ms. Hoover. School administration wanted to terminate her for immorality.
It defies logic that nudity should be considered immoral prima facie... obviously by the same people who consider breast feeding immoral; but I wasn't in line to share the consequences if she'd lost. This is one of those moments when it's a embarrassing to be part of 21st century American society.
I hope that ultimately this works out for her. I trust that the people who came after her will eventually get what they deserve as well.


Blogger Kate said...

As far as I'm concerned, the people who came after her can't get enough of what they deserve. So much for civilization, etc.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Kay Dennison said...

Oh my! The witch hunters are still very much with us. Never mind that her students are probably doing far worse things than posing nude for what I'm guessing are photos that one could, by no means, consider pornographic. The mentality in our school system is why we're graduating people who are basically illiterate & why I decided that I couldn't teach in today's society.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Maya's Granny said...

What Kate said. What Kay said. There should have been no need for mitigating facts, but for them to come after her for the fact that her partner posted them is just incredible. Zero tolerance is the most bizarre concept! So authoritarian. So patriarchal. So, dare I say it, GOP?

3:11 AM  
Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

Spooky, I guess I should clean up my accounts, heh. Well I don't have true nudes out there anyway, the cyber age is on us, there's no such thing as privacy anymore which I guess will give the witch hunters more fuel for their hunts. I hope she gets out of this.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Winston said...

The inmates continue to run the asylum...

10:03 PM  
Blogger Tamar said...

Shameful rubbish! Sometimes I am ashamed to be a part of the craziness that goes on in this country.

10:34 AM  

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