Controversies come, controversies go. And I'm rather skeptical about most of what I read. Here was this morning's controversy:
April 17, 2008 - Yale senior, Aliza Shvarts ,artificially inseminated herself several times in order to have multiple abortions for her "art" project.
The April 17th edition of Yale Daily News reports that senior Aliza Shvarts' "art" show is slated to begin next Tuesday, on April 29th. It features a documentation of a nine-month process in which Shvarts artificially inseminated herself multiple times and used abortifacients to induce multiple abortions while filming the process. The exhibit will display the videos of her abortions as well as blood samples from the process. According to Shvarts, the goal of her art exhibit is to "spark conversation and debate on the relationship between art and the human body."
Pretty horrific. However, the truth shall be known, and I find myself in full agreement with the statement from Yale regarding the questions raised had the story been true:
Ms. Shvarts is engaged in performance art. Her art project includes visual representations, a press release and other narrative materials. She stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages. The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body.This is why I'm a slow blogger sometimes. It's a lesson politicians can learn, too.
She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art.
Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns.
State Representative Don Pridemore found himself the target of some criticism today from Wisconsin Right to Life and others for supporting a law that would require political independent expenditure groups to fully disclose their donors. No word yet on when Pridemore will introduce a bill to ban The Federalist Papers from public libraries.
Coincidentally, this happened the same day Cindy Kilkenny had hypoxic visions in a vacuum of former Waukesha DA Paul Bucher challenging Don Pridemore in the September primary. Pridemore, in a rather thin-skinned response to Wisconsin Right to Life, indulges his paranoia as well.
The timing of this attack coincides with increased speculation that Paul Bucher may run for the 99th District Assembly seat this fall. Is this really a coincidence, though? We must remember that this is the same Paul Bucher who was visibly upset when Representative Pridemore chose not to endorse Bill Gleisner’s candidacy for the Court of Appeals—a candidacy which in many ways depended upon publicizing Gleisner’s pro-life record and contributions.
Of course, a little time and patience would have revealed that Bucher had no intention of taking on Pridemore. Maybe a little embarrassment from his temper tantrum will teach Pridemore not to speculate without knowing anything, too.