This College Professor Requires You To Take Your Final Exam Completely Naked, And People Are Pissed
Just to clarify, I’m sure plenty of people are pissed after reading news reports about how Associate Professor Ricardo Dominguez makes his students take their final exam in the nude. But how many were mad enough to complain prior to all the news stories and make a big stink about it to the school? One. And it wasn’t even a student – it was a parent. Like some girl’s MOM got mad when she found out and started flipping her shit like flapjacks everywhere. Now I don’t know if her daughter was upset or if her mom was the only one pissed off, but come on. Either tell your mom to shut up or fight your own battles.
Professor Ricardo Dominguez at the University of California, San Diego reportedly requires his students to take the final for the course he teaches, Visual Arts 104A: Performing the Self, in the nude. Why? Because fancy-pants art, duh.
“The class that focuses on the history of body art and performance art in relation to the question of the self or subjectivity,” Dominguez told 10News by phone Friday…
Dominguez confirmed that students indeed have to be nude to pass the final.
“At the very end of the class, we’ve done several gestures, they have to nude gesture. The prompt is to speak about or do a gesture or create an installation that says, ‘what is more you than you are.'”
He said that 20 students strip down, including him. He calls it a performance of self, in a dark room lit only by candlelight.
“It’s a standard canvas for performance art and body art,” Dominguez said.
“It is very all controlled,” he added.(Via)
Now all snark aside I’ve taken art classes before, and while I never had to get naked and pose around I don’t really see the problem here. According to Dominguez all students know what to expect from the first day of class (it’s probably included in the syllabus, so if you skipped syllabus day or can’t read then bummer dude, take your pants off and let’s get on with it), and “If they are uncomfortable with this gesture they should not take the class.”
Yep, put up or shut up. However, the student’s mother countered with:
“Nothing was ever explained, nothing was ever stipulated prior to Thursday,” she said.
Uh, no shit – your kid is in college. She’s supposedly “an adult,” meaning that she doesn’t have to call you every day after school and tell you what she learned in class that day. If your kid didn’t wanna get naked at the end of the semester, she could’ve dropped the class and picked another one.
Oh, and here’s the real kicker…apparently you’re not even required to be naked for the final, some kids are just stupid and can’t read. In a statement provided to 10News, the Chair of the Visual Arts Department, Dr. Jordan Crandall, stated:
“The concerns of our students are our department’s first priority, and I’d like to offer some contextual information that will help answer questions regarding the pedagogy of VIS 104A.
“Removing your clothes is not required in this class. The course is not required for graduation.
“VIS 104A is an upper division class that Professor Dominguez has taught for 11 years. It has a number of prompts for short performances called “gestures.” These include “Your Life: With 3 Objects and 3 Sounds” and “Confessional Self,” among others. Students are graded on the “Nude/Naked Self” gesture just like all the other gestures. Students are aware from the start of the class that it is a requirement, and that they can do the gesture in any number of ways without actually having to remove their clothes. Dominguez explains this – as does our advising team if concerns are raised with them. There are many ways to perform nudity or nakedness, summoning art history conventions of the nude or laying bare of one’s “traumatic” or most fragile and vulnerable self. One can “be” nude while being covered.
“There are many comments from former students that are visible online. These comments clarify the matter quite directly. It is important to listen to students who have actually taken the class. Again, the concerns of our students are our department’s first priority.”
In other words,
-You’re not required to be naked
-You don’t even have to take this class to graduate
-“Omg mom SHUT UP you’re EMBARRASSING meeee!”