I’ve been correponding with a student leader familiar with the Vagina Monologues controversy (she asked not to be named), and she offered some evidence that Dean Roche’s stated justification for divorcing the “academic” and “fundraising” aspects of Wednesday’s pre-Monologues events may have been somewhat contrived, if not invented on the spur of the moment for P.R. purposes:
I looked through the stuff the university provides to leaders of student organizations. … The Source is a book that the university publishes every year to tell officers how to run student organizations- the new one was published on Feb 1, as in 13 days ago, according to the website. I looked at both last year’s and the new version, which are each 50+ pages and have detailed sections on the rules and prohibitions regarding fundraising as well as pages and pages of other university policies. I can safely say if such a policy banning mixed academic/fundraising events did exist prior to last week, the university didn’t made that policy available to students in either version of the Source, nor did they communicate it to officers responsible for fundraising in any other way. Very dodgy.
You can check out the Source here:
I didn’t follow the link myself, so I can’t personally vouch for the above information… but if anyone feels like following the link, by all means feel free to report your findings in comments. :)
The same student leader also complained that the university scheduled an anti-heart-disease “Wear Red Day” today, specifically to compete with, confuse and dilute the V-Day organizers’ already scheduled anti-violence-against-women “Wear Red Day”:
[T]he AHA anti-heart disease ‘Wear Red Day’ already took place on Feb 4th, and…the Student Union Board’s designation of [today, Feb. 14] as the AHA Wear Red Day when it was already scheduled as a day to wear red in protest of violence against women represents a deliberate attempt to undermine the purpose of V-Day and the hard work of the V-Day organizers.
Again, I can’t vouch for any of that, but I have no reason disbelieve the source, so file it under “disturbing if true” at the very least. It’s hard to imagine what the “Catholic” rationale would be for interfering with an event whose sole stated purpose is to “demonstrate solidarity with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.”
While we’re on the topic, here is this week’s schedule of Vagina-related events:
Monday, February 14: Red Shirt Campaign Day. Wear your “Stop the Violence” tshirts or just red to demonstrate solidarity with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Tuesday, February 15: “Radical Theatre and Social Movements: The Efficacy of The Vagina Monologues and the V-Day Campaign”. 8pm at the CoMo Lounge.
Wednesday, February 16: EVE ENSLER IS HERE!
1pm: Luncheon in the Oak Room at South Dining Hall (sold out) Speakers are Eve Ensler and survivors speaking on behalf of both the YWCA and S-O-S of Madison Center.
3pm: Leighton Hall of DPAC. (Tickets are free but necessary)
Panel Discussion with Eve Ensler, Gail Bederman, Glenn Hendler and Jessica Chalmers.
7pm: The Vagina Monologues at the DPAC Leighton Concert Hall. Presentation by Eve Ensler at the end. Two “Vagina Warriors” to be awarded and recognized.
9:30pm (or immediately following the show)
Booksigning with Eve Ensler in the concert hall. Limited copies of “The Vagina Monologues” (150 copies) “The Good Body” (75) and V-Day’s new book, “VAGINA WARRIORS” (75) will be available for signing. You can also bring your own copy!
Thursday, Feb 17 @ 7pm
The Vagina Monologues at Leighton Concert Hall.
Friday, Feb 18 @ 7pm
The Vagina Monologues at Leighton Concert Hall.
Tickets are available by calling 1-2800 or purchased at the door depending on availability
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And the best part is, Apple Mail’s spam-catcher still flagged it! :)
It seems a blog can cost you your job… I wonder if it can affect your education? Read all about it here.
Three cats, a dog… and now, a fish. And counting.
Becky’s and my big news at the moment is our purchase last weekend of a 46-gallon fishtank which is now filled with saltwater and well on its way to becoming a tropical aquarium (with a pirate theme).
So far, we have only one fish — Violet, a damselfish, pictured above — but a dozen more, ordered from LiveAquaria.com, are due be delivered later this week. So by the time we host our big Lord of the Rings Trilogy Party on Saturday, we should have a thriving tropical fish collection to show off to our guests. :)
Aside from the fish themselves (present and future), the coolest thing about our aquarium is the pirate skeleton aerator, which directs the air bubbles in such a way that, every 10 or 15 seconds, the pirate appears to take a drink from his jug of rum:
Hehe. :) Here’s a whole gallery of pictures of our new aquarium. Stay tuned for more as the week goes on!
The NHL season is officially cancelled.
I didn’t make it to the 6:00 AM Charlie Weis rally this morning (nor did I make to class this morning… or this afternoon… but nevermind that), but the AP article fills me in on what I missed, including the money quote:
Weis drew laughter and applause from the students when he said that USC coach Pete Carroll was a friend of his, “but he’s never really done great against me.”
But Weis said the two-time defending national champion Trojans, who have beaten Notre Dame by 31 points for three straight seasons, clearly are a much better team than the Irish right now.
“That’s the problem,” he said. “Notre Dame has got to get to the point where that’s the ability of players we have here.”
That would be nice — to have Notre Dame improve to the level where they’re a legitimate rival for the Trojans again. And then to have the Trojans beat them anyway. :)
Anyway, read the whole thing. (Hat tip: Alex T.)
Michael Jackson’s defense witness list includes Kobe Bryant.
Need I say more?
The New Republic’s Kenneth Baer makes a compelling argument that unity is the last thing Democrats need right now. He’s right. Money quote:
[On] the threat of radical Islamist terrorism… Democratic divisions have precluded a coherent response. Democrats roughly divide into three camps on national security. A small group of Democratic foreign policy experts–including former Clinton administration advisers Richard Clarke and Richard Holbrooke, and elected officials such as Joe Biden and Joe Lieberman–take the issue seriously and view it as the defining foreign policy challenge of our time. Meanwhile the broader group of Democratic elected officials, and those who advise them, seem to wish the whole topic would disappear, allowing Democrats to focus on the domestic concerns with which they are more comfortable and usually more successful. To this group, foreign policy is merely a base to be touched and then ignored. Finally there is a faction, which coalesced around Dean in the primaries, that takes foreign policy seriously but has a view antithetical not only to Republicans but also to a majority of the electorate. This group shies away from employing force abroad, almost instinctively doubts America’s stated intentions in foreign affairs, and tends to look inward at what the United States has done to incite and fuel hatred rather than focus on causes intrinsic or unique to America’s enemies.
Baer argues that merely papering over those differences is not a viable option; the only way the Democrats can succeed is to hash things out. I would have thought the 2004 election made that clear to everyone, but I guess some people missed that memo.
Of course, the only problem with Baer’s thesis is that he doesn’t address how an intraparty feud is likely to be resolved. From his choice of words, it’s clear he shares my belief that there is only one truly viable position among those three foreign-policy camps, and that is the one held by the smallest minority, the Liebermans and Bidens. (The majority, “hope it goes away” view is not viable because, um, it’s not going to go away. And the Michael Moore/Dennis Kucinich view — which Dean himself doesn’t fully share, IMHO, but many of his supporters do — is just kooky and wrong… and even if it weren’t wrong, it would still never, ever, ever be a winning electoral strategy.) Hashing things out is all well and good, but how on earth can we possibly expect that “our” group will win the fight? The more likely result would be the broad adoption of the Loony Left view, and the virtual expulsion from the party of those who favor a muscular, freedom-spreading, don’t-blame-America-for-everything foreign policy — a result that would make the folks at Daily Kos happy, and would also spell the certain, permanent doom of the Democrats.
Still, Baer is right in principle. The worst thing the Democrats can do is simply pretend these differences don’t exist.
When archconservative Alan Keyes was running for U.S. Senate last year, his gay daughter worked hard for his quixotic campaign, even though she disagrees with him about “almost everything,” because, well, he’s her father, and family comes first, right?
Now, Alan Keyes has rewarded his daughter’s efforts by disowning her because she’s a lesbian:
Alan Keyes and his wife, Jocelyn…threw her out of their house, refused to pay her college tuition and stopped speaking to her.
Maya, 19, says her parents cut her off because of who she is — “a liberal queer.” …
Her parents have known that Maya is a lesbian since they found a copy of the Washington Blade, the gay weekly, in her room and confronted her at the end of high school (she went to Oakcrest School for Girls, a Catholic school in McLean run by the church’s highly devout Opus Dei movement.) Ever since, Maya says, her parents have told her that her sexuality is wrong and sinful.
“As long as I was quiet about being gay or my politics, we got along,” she says. “Then I went to the Counterinaugural,” last month’s protests in Washington against President Bush. “My father didn’t like that.”
[So they’re not disowning her because they just discovered she’s a “sinner.” They’re disowning her because she’s become a public embarrassment to them. Wow. -ed.]
Maya returned from the demonstration to find that she had been let go from her job at her father’s political organization.
She says she was told to leave her father’s apartment and not to expect any money toward attending Brown University, where she was admitted but deferred matriculation to spend a year teaching in southern India. “In my father’s view, financing my college would be financing my politics, in a sense,” Maya says, “because I plan to be an activist after college.” …
“After all the arguments and tensions over the years, I always hoped it would never actually get to this point,” Maya wrote, “although I suppose given our vastly divergent political beliefs, it was inevitable.”
But her friends told her no, there was nothing remotely inevitable about the break, that political differences and even sexual orientation ought not result in being kicked out. Maya wrote: “They say most parents would be thrilled to have a child who doesn’t smoke, have sex, do drugs, hardly drinks. . . , does well in school, gets good grades, gets into the Ivy League. . . , goes regularly to church, spends free time mentoring kids.”
Once upon a time, I respected Alan Keyes as an honest and articulate champion of his beliefs, even though I strongly disagreed with those beliefs. Now, all of that respect is entirely gone. The man sickens me. He is a hypocrite, a demagogue, and — it now turns out — a bad father and a bad person. Shame on you, Alan Keyes.
There’s been K Street chatter, our colleague Jeffrey H. Birnbaum tells us, that Lieberman could be on an administration list to replace Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in the next year or so.
That would be convenient for Lieberman, whose term is up in 2006, and could give Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R) an opportunity to appoint a Republican to the seat for at least a few months before the election, inching the GOP closer to a filibuster-proof Senate.
I don’t understand why it would be “convenient” for Lieberman, who is a lock for re-election if he runs, but whatever. GO, JOE, GO! :)
The Other Side of the Ocean has a whole bunch of great pictures of “The Gates” in Central Park.
Ann Althouse has a roundup of reactions.
My dad, Joe Loy, turns 57 today. Happy Birthday, Dad!
In honor of Dad’s birthday, and in light of all the talk around here lately about him being a pirate (or at least talking like one), I decided that a bad photoshop job was in order:
Hehe. :) Hey, I said it was bad. :)
Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, too!
P.S. What’s a pirate’s favorite Valentine’s Day symbol?