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Abortion as art??!!!

Posted by ekkin on Friday, April 18, 2008

For now I am just going to post the article I just read. I will comment on it later since I have to pick my daughter up from school. It’s so effin wrong.

Art major Aliza Shvarts ’08 wants to make a statement.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

The goal in creating the art exhibition, Shvarts said, was to spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body. But her project has already provoked more than just debate, inciting, for instance, outcry at a forum for fellow senior art majors held last week. And when told about Shvarts’ project, students on both ends of the abortion debate have expressed shock . saying the project does everything from violate moral code to trivialize abortion.

But Shvarts insists her concept was not designed for “shock value.”

“I hope it inspires some sort of discourse,” Shvarts said. “Sure, some people will be upset with the message and will not agree with it, but it’s not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone.”

The “fabricators,” or donors, of the sperm were not paid for their services, but Shvarts required them to periodically take tests for sexually transmitted diseases. She said she was not concerned about any medical effects the forced miscarriages may have had on her body. The abortifacient drugs she took were legal and herbal, she said, and she did not feel the need to consult a doctor about her repeated miscarriages.

Shvarts declined to specify the number of sperm donors she used, as well as the number of times she inseminated herself.

Art major Juan Castillo ’08 said that although he was intrigued by the creativity and beauty of her senior project, not everyone was as thrilled as he was by the concept and the means by which she attained the result.

“I really loved the idea of this project, but a lot other people didn’t,” Castillo said. “I think that most people were very resistant to thinking about what the project was really about. [The senior-art-project forum] stopped being a conversation on the work itself.”

Although Shvarts said she does not remember the class being quite as hostile as Castillo described, she said she believes it is the nature of her piece to “provoke inquiry.”

“I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity,” Shvarts said. “I think that I’m creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be.”

The display of Schvarts’ project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts’ self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.

Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.

School of Art lecturer Pia Lindman, Schvarts’ senior-project advisor, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Few people outside of Yale’s undergraduate art department have heard about Shvarts’ exhibition. Members of two campus abortion-activist groups . Choose Life at Yale, a pro-life group, and the Reproductive Rights Action League of Yale, a pro-choice group . said they were not previously aware of Schvarts’ project.

Alice Buttrick ’10, an officer of RALY, said the group was in no way involved with the art exhibition and had no official opinion on the matter.

Sara Rahman ’09 said, in her opinion, Shvarts is abusing her constitutional right to do what she chooses with her body.

“[Shvarts’ exhibit] turns what is a serious decision for women into an absurdism,” Rahman said. “It discounts the gravity of the situation that is abortion.”

CLAY member Jonathan Serrato ’09 said he does not think CLAY has an official response to Schvarts’ exhibition. But personally, Serrato said he found the concept of the senior art project “surprising” and unethical.

“I feel that she’s manipulating life for the benefit of her art, and I definitely don’t support it,” Serrato said. “I think it’s morally wrong.”

Shvarts emphasized that she is not ashamed of her exhibition, and she has become increasingly comfortable discussing her miscarriage experiences with her peers.

“It was a private and personal endeavor, but also a transparent one for the most part,” Shvarts said. “This isn’t something I’ve been hiding.”

The official reception for the Undergraduate Senior Art Show will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 25. The exhibition will be on public display from April 22 to May 1. The art exhibition is set to premiere alongside the projects of other art seniors this Tuesday, April 22 at the gallery of Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall on Chapel Street.

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Hilary Clinton I DO NOT LIKE YOU!!!!!!

Posted by ekkin on Wednesday, April 9, 2008

So stop sending me effin emails. I am sick of your stalker tactics on getting votes. I know I know, I could be VERY important to you campaign. Everyone listens to me and does what I say. Which is why I have decided to tell everyone to tell YOU to get FUCKED! Because I do not like you

For the newbies that have no idea what I am talking about, there’s a post, maybe a few back about an email I got from the Hilary Clinton Campaign. Read that. .

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ANTM

Posted by ekkin on Friday, April 4, 2008

Yeah, that’s the abbreviation for America’s Next Top Model and I am guilty of occasionally watching it. I am not an avid follower, I usually catch the reruns for five seasons ago when there’s nothing else on. ANYWAY, the point of this rather short post is, I was watching an episode today and they had the models posing as dead bodies. Disturbing enough, but some of them actually looked really dead. And the messed up part is the one girl that could have passed for autopsy photos was eliminated…. for looking lifeless. What? Maybe I am just retarded, but wasn’t that the effin point?

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So I support Hiliary Clinton??

Posted by ekkin on Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Below is an email I received today, though I am not sure why or how…. Everyone who knows me would say that Hiliary Clinton is at least in my top ten most hated people. There are various reasons starting with I don’t like hypocrites/liars and ending somewhere around, she couldn’t even keep her husband by her side, why should I trust her with my country…. Anyway, I copy and pasted this ridiculous email here for you and in bold next to the different comments are my own opinions, that of course were not originally in the email sent to me. Enjoy!

Dear Heather,

I want to personally thank you for all you’ve done to support my campaign. (I have done nothing… oh wait. Remember when you were in San Antonio? I was walking on the Riverwalk and I laughed at a few of your supporters, does that count?) It is critical that we stay in touch as fast-moving events shape this important election.

With the Pennsylvania primary approaching on April 22 and important states following soon after, I need your involvement now more than ever. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as you well know.

If we want to end the war in Iraq,( I am married to a soldier in the US Army and I fully support the war and President Bush’s effort to give those people a fresh start with a better government) restore America’s reputation in the world,( If so many people hate us, we must being doing something right. Most countries that hate us are religious nut jobs that resent our freedom of religion which I support)rebuild the middle class,( I am middle class and quite content. Maybe you should worry about the people below poverty line. They are the ones using money out of our paychecks to sit on their lazy butts while we work to support their families)reform our government,( I like my government. No it’s not perfect, but I would rather vote Bush back in for four more years, than have another Clinton screwing up (or in) office) and provide affordable health care for all,( I have affordable health care. I am sorry for those out there who don’t, but I am NOT willing to sacrifice not only my hard earned money or quality of care for socialized health care) we need to work together. The Republicans can’t provide America with the clean break and fresh start we so urgently need. ( Yes they can, vote Mccain!)

But we can — and that’s what this campaign is all about. So let’s show everyone what we can accomplish together. Here’s one thing you can do: display my special gift to you today — a “Hillary for President” bumper sticker! ( Hahahahahahaha! I would rather have a kick me sign on the back of my shirt, it would be about the same affect)

Click here to get a bumper sticker you can display with pride. *** This link is disabled. If you want a Clinton bumper sticker, you shouldn’t be reading my blog. If you would like a good bumper sticker Click Here)

And I hope you will also take a few minutes to visit HillaryClinton.com. We work hard to make sure it delivers all the information you need — from my vision for America to videos from the campaign trail to a full range of opportunities for you to get even more involved.

Once again, thanks so much for standing with me — and make sure you sign up for your “Hillary for President” bumper sticker today.

Show your family, friends, and neighbors that you support my campaign for change by displaying a “Hillary for President” bumper sticker.

Sincerely,
Hillary
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Maybe you should be a little more in depth with your mailing lists and maybe you should reconsider purchasing them online. I know you had to have done so otherwise you wouldn’t have ended up with my email address. I am very very very conservative. Alot say that I am so right wing that I am wrong. I wouldn’t agree, of course, but I am strong in my beliefs and you, Hiliary Clinton, stand for everything I would NEVER elect to be my leader. You are the image that comes to mind in my nightmares about the fall of this great nation and it will be a cold day in November for me if you get elected, actually Hell might just freeze over.

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Colored Toliet Paper… you know you want it!

Posted by ekkin on Thursday, March 27, 2008

I posted something about this last year and I just want to push it on you guys again. Come on! Who wouldn’t want color toliet paper? It’s fucking sweet!

You know that’s freaking AWESOME! Go buy some.

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