Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dishonest Opinions Need Not Apply

I need opinions, please. Everybody look at the header. See it? What do you think? I love the quote, C.S. Lewis being my favorite author. The meaning - well, I'd like to be more naked here. Personality-wise, you know. My husband saw the header for the first time and gasped. Alright, he didn't necessarily GASP. But he was taken aback. He was a little put out by the word naked in my header, in a family friendly blog.

So is that word naked - twice - too much? It's right there. I thought about it quite a bit before making it a real and permanent part of my blog. It's perfect. No?

See, the irony is that I have a thing about nakedness. I'm modest. Please cover up. I don't care for naked people. At all. (Okay, naked babies are absolutely darling. They don't count.) Foul language is off-putting. Gore and violence do nothing for me. My writing group mocks me for it, but I don't mind. Any of the above in excess will cause me to turn off a movie, put down a book, walk out of a room. In moderation I tolerate. And I understand that other people can handle plenty of all of it. Just understand that I can't. And I don't pass judgment on
those who can handle it. It's like, for me, being allergic. Or like tomatoes, mushrooms and olives. You may love them, but please don't make me eat them. More for you.

That being said, I love the form the word naked takes in the above quote. All these months of changing the quote in the header with every post, and this is the one which called to me, seemed the essence of what this blog should be about. Isn't always, but should be. But it says NAKED. Twice. Tell me. What do you think? Be naked about it, please.


Until I write again ...

Flea

P.S. Noble Pig (Hi Cathie!) asked me to post a shot of my favorite turtleneck, referenced yesterday, I linked to an older post, but had fun playing with Photoshop tonight. Heh. Oh, and the favorite turtleneck went into the give away bag this week. Losing weight, it's swallowing me whole. So this photo is a tribute to my all time favorite shirt. Anyone out there know how to tie dye?

29 comments:

Tranny Head said...

Hmm - several thoughts.

1. I'm vulgar and naked a lot. Oh, and I also love tomatoes and mushrooms.

2. Olives are gross.

3. I think the quote is nice and . . um . . not offensive.

MUD said...

I have read the quote several times and "I don't get it". Naked means unclothed to me and personalities are by their very nature not able to wear clothes. As in "You are who you are". But, IO have almost always have been ,"What you see is what you get" kind of guy. It is deep philosophical questions that I can't answer before noon. MUD

Karen said...

Eros was the god of lust, right? That was the only real shocker for me...the quote is quite unoffensive to me.

Mental P Mama said...

I ike it. It is how we arrived here, no?

I know how to tie dye. I was a child in the 60's;)

Marguerite said...

I like it. It's very honest, which is in itself what it's all about. (Did I just use circular reasoning?) Anyway, if we're going to be offended by words, then there's not much hope for us.

And I've tie-dyed once. It's not hard, but kinda messy. There's tons of how-to's out there.

Tammy said...

As long as there isn't "naked" pictures in the header I don't see what the big deal is. A blog is where you can be yourself, naked to everyone. It's your blog, you do what you want, but the quote doesn't bother me any.

Harmony said...

I love the quote in your header. The ability to reveal oneself in their truest form, is something that I wish more people in the world were capable of doing. The word naked might set ones mind a blazing, but we know the intent of your words. I say keep it...bring in the young and let them leave having learned what being naked can truly be about.

p.s. Flower child here...I have made quite a few tie dye shirts.... but Marguerite is right, there a quite a few different techniques out there.

noble pig said...

Awesome! Funny but I'm helping in Kindergarten this morning and what are we doing? Tye-dying of all things! Yahoo!

Ness said...

1. It's your blog and if people don't like the word naked, they can leave the same way they got there.

2. It's the word naked...it's not the F word(which I ABHOR)or a word blaspheming God. We all came into the world naked. Deal with it.

3. It's your blog. Live for you. You can't be any more you than in your blog. So leave the quote up and tell hubby to build a bridge and get over it. I'm not sure I understand the quote because my brain is in fiber fog today but the word naked does not offend me. And if it did, I would take a hike.

Melissa said...

I didn't find it offensive. I didn't really think it was being without clothes but more of revealing more of what is inside of onesself....

Tanya Brown said...

I think the quote is perfect. I've admired it each time I've come over for a visit.

Part of why the quote works is the mild shock value of the word naked. It gets one's attention a bit, then it makes one think about the nature of friendship and love.

It isn't prurient. It isn't the sort of thing one has to worry about a four year old finding and being traumatized by or asking Mommy some leading questions. If you started taking questionable pictures of Fred and Bessie, though ... well, I should probably drop that line of discussion right there. This is a family-friendly blog, after all.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I love my little red home state, but I'm tempted to say that only in Oklahoma does somebody look over their shoulder after saying naked.

I love the quote. But then naked to me isn't literal most of the time. I define it as uncovered, unvarnished, unpretentious - the way I think Lewis meant it.

Oh. And I'm totally not a prude. One of my favorite memories of my son was when he was three. He loved to 'play' the guitar, and one night after his bath, he picked up his guitar while naked and started running through the house singing "Here comes the penis." I wrote about it in my Christmas newsletter. Because that's the kind of gal I am. Wonder if I offended anyone? :-)

Mayberry Magpie

Asthmagirl said...

I actually like the quote. I find it meaningful in that when we blog, we basically shed some of our inhibitions and expose our thoughts and personality more readily. I am speaking for myself in that regard.
Anyway, I find it appealing... unlike tomatoes.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

I like it... you can't get much more "nakid" than I have been in my blog... I too don't like cursing...and will turn off a movie tv show ect if it bothers me... I say its your blog do as you want... tomatos mushrooms and BLACk olives YUMMMM toss in some feta cheese and cukes and peppers and a dash of greek dressing and I can have a meal LOL
Squash blossems on the side please LOL
HUGs me

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Well, since you have been to my blog (thanks so much!)you are probably pretty sure that I am not offended by the word naked. I think that is a lovely quote. I love CS Lewis, and I crave real, naked conversation and relationship. Ones where we take off our masks, our robes of self-righteousness (or whatever we cloak ourselves with) and get real with ourselves and others.

dlyn said...

Well, I like it. But then I love C.S.Lewis and always have - even before I became a Christian. Maybe it will make people look into what the quote means and what in how God created humanity makes it true. Being a graphics freak, I would have centered both lines, but I can't stand to have any pictures hanging even the slightest bit crooked, so don't listen to me :)

Candace said...

Hmmm... I did have to read it twice the first time it was up. It does not offend me. The first half gets your attention, the second half makes you think. I will say that Carl too, stopped and hesitated, then made some sort of comment. I'm not sure what he said and that was several days ago. But then I am quite sure he doesn't "get it" either. Oh well, he doesn't come here unless he reads over my shoulder.

April said...

There is nothing wrong with being nekkid...er...I mean using the WORD...in your header! I like the quote! It's not saying "naked" in a sexual way, for goodness sakes!

April said...

oops, hit send before I was done...anyway, what I was gonna say is that I totally get the whole "naked" personality thing you are trying to say and I applaud you for it!

Andrea said...

naked, transparent...we use those words in this house a lot so I am most definitely NOT offended. I like the quote myself.

there is a place near downtown that does tye dying. I think on 11th somewhere? Possibly on 15th. I can't remember the name of the place, though. Sorry. I have been gone almost a year and it has escaped me. Anyway, it is near some flea market type places and I believe that there is a bead shop nearby.

Casdok said...

I think its great!! :)

Coffee Bean said...

I say get NEKKID!!! I thought it was clever. And it is YOUR blog! Woooo Hoooo!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Yeah, it caught me a little off guard too-- mostly because I know this is a safe blog. I know I can link to you and not worry about my friends being blinded. I wasn't offended in anyway, just had to do a double take. AND I always enjoyed watching it change before...

Colleen said...

I wasn't bothered by the quote at all. Anyone who knows who C.S. Lewis is and what he wrote, etc, would not be offended. I think it's a good quote to have since you're very honest and forthcoming and such.

And I'm totally with you on tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. *bleh!*

Indy said...

I think you should stick with it. You wrote that you love the form the word naked takes in the quote. How can you change? You love the quote. I don't think anyone would mind.

Lori said...

I like the quote. It made me think. And it became real to me when you shared about your health and weight loss last week. I like it even more. I love that CS Lewis is redefining naked in it. Yes, the world can have their use of "naked" but some of us can be spiritually naked, or transparent and honest and what we get is true friendship.
So, after all that being said, I vote to keep it.
But, you may not want to hear my opinion, since I LOVE tomatoes, olives and mushrooms. hmmmm...

MUD said...

I forgot to put in the comment that Jeff Foxworthy said, "Naked means you haven't got clothes on. Nekkid means you don't have clothes on and are up to something." MUD

My man in the moon said...

I absolutely love it. I think it fits to this place. Because we open parts of our inter selves to strangers and push the walls away. We become friends from the inside out. We except each other for how we connect. Naked I think it’s wonderful.
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I love your world. Have a great weekend.

Jan Parrish said...

I think it lets people know that your not the typical Christian blog and to expect the unexpected. ultimately, it's your call. :)