Editor, the Gauntlet,
Re: "Staying abreast of sexual awareness," Mar. 3, 2005.
I am utterly amazed at the reaction a nude body has had on Calgary. I almost fell down laughing when I read that it was an exotic dancer complaining that her picture was printed in the Gauntlet. Did I misread the article or did Ms. Houston encourage students to "...get the confidence to try new things" as the U of C "...is the place to expand your mind in different ways"?
It seems exploiting yourself for money to put yourself through university is one thing but God forbid the Gauntlet publish a picture you will not get paid for. I do honestly believe that Ms. Houston is feeling remorse for parading naked through Mac Hall. I would suggest that for her next philosophy paper she try the topic "Why I Am Responsible For My Own Actions". God knows that she is not the first person to have regrets over something they did at university, but seriously folks... a nude dancer outraged over pictures of her naked body?
The point of this email is not to criticize Ms. Houston or point out the short sightedness of her actions. I just wanted to voice my support for the Gauntlet at a time when you seem to need it. I spent my years at the U of C amazed at the narrow-minded students and staff at this school of higher learning. I am very disappointed that nothing has changed.
I would hope that in the future, a naked body will be less controversial than the dismembered corpse I get to see every night during my evening news. Let's try and get our priorities straight folks and stop being such self-righteous prudes.
Keep up the good work.