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Grace Dawson Artist or PornographerMountmonk College has always held very high standards for students and staff Mountmonk likes to consider themselves better than the other schools at maintainingprinciples of traditional values as the alumni has done in the past As the school nearsits alumni weekend we must take into consideration these values as well as changesin the times as we decide about use of the auditorium for the weekend Last semesterthere was an art contest held for the students All ribbon winning art is scheduled to bedisplayed in the auditorium during the alumni weekend One of our students GraceDawson is a photographer and is planning to show one of her photographs in theauditorium over the weekend Her photograph is of a naked woman kneeling on theground with a man in a suit kicking her while a naked man watches We haveobjections to the display of her art from both the Womens Center and the Director ofAlumni Relations They feel her art is repugnant due to its explicit sexual content andfear that the alumni may withdraw contributions Grace Dawson argues in her own defense that her photograph is artwork andshould be exhibited She entered this and several other photographs in the Student ArtContest last semester and won a ribbon for honorable mention She feels that her artdeserves to be displayed with the rest of the ribbon winners Grace Dawson has beenunfairly singled out She insists that she has the right to free speech under the FirstAmendment and her artwork is a form of protected speech She should not be andcannot be denied the right to freedom of expression even if her expressions areAlthough we can immediately see that some of the alumni might be offended bythe nature of the photos we must look beyond that to the bigger and more importantissues Among these issues is of course her First Amendment right to freedom ofexpression In the case of Memoirs versus Massachusetts the court ruled
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