"...but I have to say I find the nudity to be gratuitous."

Date: Wed, 10 Dec 97 07:26:35 GMT
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Name="Tracy" email="tsimpson@email.okstate.edu"
comments="My comment is concerning your treatment of John Donne's poem "To His Mistress Going To Bed." I'm an English major who happens to be quite fond of John Donne so I was happy to see his poem on your page. Why the naked women, though? I'm not a prude by any means, but I wonder why you felt it was more important to take up space with naked women than discuss the poem. Donne is famous for working with the contemporary issues of his time, such as the recently discovered America, as well as new technologies. He is one of the metaphysical poets who used long, controlling metaphors, such as the one used in this poem. Maybe you could include such information, or look up your own. I generally enjoy reading your thoughts worth thinking, but I have to say I find the nudity to be gratuitous. You could improve your page by being more selective about your use of it. Also, I notice most, if not all the nude bodies are female. Why? I hope it's not just because you're male and don't think much about why you're including so many pictures of nude women. Thanks for your time. Sincerely, Tracy"
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      Dear Tracy,

      I am sorry, but I can hardly think of a poem where a naked picture of a woman would be more appopriate than Donne's "Mistress." I read the part which runs, "Full nakedness! All joys are due to thee, / As souls unbodied, bodies uncloth'd must be, / To taste whole joyes." and I think a tasteful picture of a naked woman accompanying such sentiments entirely apposite. Many poems and thoughts on my pages deal with sexual love and I think the pictures enhance their messages. People may feel free to disagree with my taste or aesthetic judgement, but being my webpage it is my call.

      As to why there are almost no naked men, I do have some couples. But I ultimately do not feel the same way about the male body as I do about the female. After all, I live in a male body and there is hardly any novelty or mystery (boring!) there. I think the naked female body nearly sacred, but in my heart I do not feel the same way about the male body. That explains the lack of naked pictures of naked men. I am sure those would not be hard to find at the sites of people who feel differently about the male body than myself. But this, after all, is my website. And the pictures stay as is.

      I hope this e-mail finds you well in Oklahoma.

      Very Truly Yours,


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