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    Abortions for Credit: the Yale Saga

    By kyle | April 27, 2008

    A woman at Yale claims she has repeatedly inseminated herself and aborted the results for the purpose of creating an art project that will make us all question our heteronormative values. Yale says she’s lying. Does it matter who is telling the truth, though? More in my Sunday column.

    Topics: Art, Campus, Politics | 10 Comments »

    10 Responses to “Abortions for Credit: the Yale Saga”

    1. K Says:
      April 27th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

      It’s unfortunate that creativity in modern art has been reduced to iteratively setting the highest mark for degeneracy, because it starves resources from the artists with something actually important to say.

      On the other hand, the cure for this type of muck is simple. A massive plague or a total war. If the hidiously ugly became the commonplace, this type of “art” would disappear overnight.

      So perhaps we should temper our outrage and count our blessings.

      =Art School Confidential

    2. Galton Says:
      April 27th, 2008 at 6:56 pm

      “…it’s unfortunate that creativity in modern art has been reduced to iteratively setting the highest mark for degeneracy”

      This woman is disgusting, but to say that a college senior’s art project represents what is happening “modern art” in general is just silly. She’s obviously getting attention for the abortion angle and that’s it, not because the art world at large is beating a path to her door.

    3. johnA. Says:
      April 27th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

      It is most likely a hoax/publicity stunt. And not one in good taste.

      I support everyone having the right to protest whatever they want, however they want (non-violently). This is nothing more than an attention-getting stunt by some mentally unstable individual that will become a side-show distraction this week from more serious issues.

      Perhaps if the American media did not bother to pay any attention to these radical people on both extremes of the political/social spectrum, we might, as a society, become better informed.

      They again, the old phrase come to mind: “if it bleeds, it leads”. Perhaps the morbid interest in this story says more about us than we would like to think.

      K: I think we have all seen the results of the ‘total war’ on terrorism: it just isn’t working. In fact, it is exacerbating the problem, not curing it. I really don’t want to see a large group of radical people taking to the streets in defence of this student, start throwing fake blood (or not) on everything in sight and calling it ‘artistic expression’.

      If she wanted to ‘better inform’ us of ‘hetronormative values’, she might have been more effective in getting an essay on the subject published rather than a displaying a ‘horror show’.

    4. jic Says:
      April 27th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

      JohnA., Read K’s post again. He’s not calling for “total war” on anything; he’s pointing out that this type of childish ugliness in art would quickly go out of fashion if faced with true ugliness, such as total war or plague.

    5. Galton Says:
      April 27th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

      K and jic,

      I’m not sure that claim is historically accurate. It’s hard to imagine something much more horrific than WWI, yet it was during that war and in its immediate aftermath that both Dadaism and Surrealism were born and flourished. One could certainly argue that this woman’s work, good or bad (and I think it’s the latter) is an outgrowth of those movements. Cultures rarely respond in a single way to monumental horrors and catastrophes. True horror and ugliness can, in some circumstances, lead to a retreat into faux-horror and farce.

    6. johnA. Says:
      April 28th, 2008 at 12:47 am

      Galton: I agree.

    7. jic Says:
      April 28th, 2008 at 8:09 am

      Galton: I was neither agreeing or disagreeing with K’s point.

    8. Galton Says:
      April 28th, 2008 at 8:17 am

      jic: Your right. Sorry.

    9. Galton Says:
      April 28th, 2008 at 10:23 am

      That would be “you’re.” Sorry again!

    10. will Says:
      July 11th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

      I’m all for abortion rights…but yeah, that’s really sick.