I've been thinking a lot recently about "offending people". Not necessarily with the intention of doing so but more with intrigue that sometimes it can be the byproduct of my work; my best work. I've been trying to figure out how and why and whether it's a problem that some people can take offence.I kind of think not because those I admire most tend to have a capacity to offend. But I needed some more reassurance.
So I googled it and I realised, hell no, it's not a problem at all. If anything, it's my duty.
Virtual Museum of Offensive Art - A virtual museum where you will find
art works that have caused social turmoil in the past, present and possibly in the
Do We Have The Right To Offend? - Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner argues that many of our most important social freedoms and advances have been brought about by people who caused great offence in their time such as Galileo and Charles Darwin.
It's Your Democratic Duty To Be Offensive - Germaine Greer argues that freedom of speech cannot be maintained in a society where nobody ever
says anything subversive or inflammatory. Agitated though we might feel by some of the things people say,
we have got to go on defending their right to say them.
In conclusion to my own mini cruise of self discovery:- When I perform my poem "A Weather Girl's Got To Have Tits" please read between the lines. To be fair, most of you do. I campaign for equal rights for female broadcasters. Gender, age and the way we look should not matter. BUT, and as a completely separate issue, aesthetics and/or aesthetic beauty is truth (see "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats).
The truth is boobs have been, are and always will be absolutely lovely jubbly.
Tim Minchin's Confessions
Current Buns - A website for up and coming female broadcast journalists.