Modern problems: UK backlash over nude statue of feminist icon

Modern problems: UK backlash over nude statue of feminist icon
The thing at the very top is Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. BBC News video, YouTube

[Ed. – Everybody’s a critic.]

A monument to British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft was unveiled in London on Tuesday, prompting praise from fans but criticism from others who slammed the nude design.

Wollstonecraft was an early feminist thinker whose 1792 book “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” called for women to have equal rights.

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The silvery sculpture topped by a small female nude figure, created by the artist Maggi Hambling, was put up in north London after a campaign by enthusiasts.

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Yet the design won a mixed reception, with the Daily Telegraph newspaper describing it as a “flimsy, Barbie-like embarrassment”.

Some questioned whether a nude figure would have been used for a monument to a man of equivalent stature.

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