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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sick, Sick, Sick Hoax

Yale Art Student Claims She Used Blood Samples, Video of Self-Induced Abortions for Senior Project

Thursday, April 17, 2008

"A Yale student who claims she artificially inseminated herself "as often as possible" and then took drugs to induce miscarriages for her senior art project says she will showcase the stomach-turning display next week — complete with her own blood samples and videos from the terminated possible pregnancies.

The story of art major Aliza Shvarts' upcoming exhibit, which the Yale Daily News broke Thursday, has sparked widespread disgust and outrage.

"It’s clearly depraved. I think the poor woman has got some major mental problems," said National Right to Life Committee President Wanda Franz. "She’s a serial killer. This is just a horrible thought."

Critics on campus have said the display sounds like a shock-and-awe look at the highly sensitive issue of abortion and called it a sick stunt to get attention.

But Shvarts said the goal of the project is to encourage debate and discussion about the connection between art and the human body.

"I hope it inspires some sort of discourse," Shvarts, whose age was withheld, told Yale's newspaper. "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."

Shvarts' campus phone has been disconnected, and she did not respond to e-mailed requests for an interview. Yale University and the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America also did not return calls seeking comment. Shvarts told the school paper that her sperm donors, whom she declined to identify, were not paid for their participation but added that she did require them to be screened for STDs.

Sources: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351608,00.html

http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/24513

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

This is a hoax. Someone at The Corner (among others) caught it pretty early since it just ain't that easy to artificially inseminate yourself. Yale has come out with an official statement that this didn't happen.

So it's just art! It made us think!

(Well, yes, it made me think what a sorry, sorry state the art world is in.)

6:46 AM, April 18, 2008  
Blogger Jameson said...

It is revolting that a person would commit such a hoax.

5:16 PM, April 18, 2008  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I didn't get why the artificial insemination was necessary. Too many snickering comments come to mind that might not be appropriate for our conservative little corner of the blogosphere.

7:17 PM, April 19, 2008  

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