Gaea beaver is really a beautiful piece of art
Pornography, as well as beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. On that note, I would like to say that I see the "Beaver-in-question" as a beautiful work of art.
There have been several pieces of artwork displayed along the art walk that could have been seen as pornographic by some but there was no controversy with them. Two that come to mind are the chain bust of a woman (the one that donned several sweaters) and the "ice-like" looking sculpture (Reproduction). I wasn't offended by them either.
I wonder how this beaver can be construed as pornographic but many churches display a totally naked statue of David and no one is offended. The paintings on the Sistine Chapel are world famous and displayed in books that our children can pick up anytime they are in a bookstore, church or public library. Check into what your children see on TV, video games, their school text books and the internet. Listen in on their phone conversations and monitor what they are texting their friends (ever heard of sexting?). You might just think this beaver isn't bad enough to worry about!
I am more offended by all the guys I see walking the streets of Bemidji with their pants on the ground, showing their underwear, or bare behind than I am of a painted beaver that no one is forcing me to look at. If I don't like food, I don't eat it. If I don't like music, I don't listen to it. So it would stand to reason that if I might not like what I've heard to be offensive to the eyes, I shouldn't go out of my way to look at it.
I see this whole controversy as the best advertising campaign the city of Bemidji could ever come up with. It sure has brought a lot of people into town to see what the fuss is about.