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Have at it, gang.

Early line: Over/under at 400 comments.

UPDATE:  Hoax-a-rific.

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  1. Shvarts said she did not intend the project to have “shock value” or to generate controversy.

    That’s politician-level bullshit. The rest is just “crazy artist makes a splash” standard fare, unless of course you think that fetuses are human beings.

    Now, if she could have gay sex while smoking crack and then have her abortions, that would be shocking. No it wouldn’t. But it might be entertaining.

  2. Pretty sick.

  3. I feel strongly that the NEA should not subsidize this art display.

  4. Soup and sandwich for lunch today. Saving my money for beer this weekend.

  5. It’s wrong, and I’m fairly agnostic on the abortion debate.

    Burn her.

  6. “Yale should be ashamed that it is allowing an ‘art’ project that will offend millions of Americans,” she said.

    What an epic-level whiner.

  7. Sperm donors? That sounds awfully expensive. And how do they know it’s real blood? This looks like a p.r. stunt.

  8. Fertilized eggs may not be persons, but they’re not lumps of charcoal, either.

  9. Geez, I used to hide my boogies by sticking them under the desk. Who knew that was art?

  10. I don’t know how many posts it’ll get here, but I saw that on the Drudge Report this morning and it brought down the Yale Daily News server.

  11. This is why we need to elect strong Republicans like McCain to protect the sanctitty of the unborn!

    B. Hussein Obama would probably give federal funding to outrages like this! Someone should ask him what he thinks of this at the next debate.

  12. Early line: Over/under at 400 comments.

    Boring. Better over/under: How many minutes into their show before Sean Hannity/Joe Scarborough/et al. bring this up and coat their respective camera lenses with indignant outraged wads of spittle. I’m going with 7 minutes.

  13. Fertilized eggs may not be persons, but they’re not lumps of charcoal, either.

    I suppose not. Charcoal is useful, for one thing.

  14. As if Bush wasn’t enough reason to hate Yale…

  15. Remember when “artists” had to, like, paint and stuff? The real tragedy is that this hack is going to have a diploma from Yale in a couple of months.

  16. Sounds like my ex…

  17. BTW, here’s the little hipster:

    http://jezebel.com/assets/resources/2008/04/alizashvarts41708.jpg

    Now I know why she had to be inseminated artificially…

  18. Boring. Better over/under: How many minutes into their show before Sean Hannity/Joe Scarborough/et al. bring this up and coat their respective camera lenses with indignant outraged wads of spittle. I’m going with 7 minutes.

    Far be it from me to defend either of the aforementioned assholes…but if there was ever a reason to emit copius wads of spit…….

  19. Remember when Yale was a Christian school?

    This is what happens when American turns away from Judeo-Christian values and endorsas Nihillistic Athiesm.

  20. Cesar | April 17, 2008, 1:05pm | #

    *Yawn*

    What he said.

  21. I’m hungry for cherry cobbler.

  22. or

    Post Iraq,
    Nothing shocks.

  23. I’m just pissed that the NEA denied a grant for my cum-rag sculpture.

  24. She is definitely down for the extra messy karma surprise.

  25. Remember when Yale was a Christian school?
    This is what happens when American turns away from Judeo-Christian values and endorsas Nihillistic Athiesm.

    Given your atrociously shitty spelling and shallow thinking, I’m surprised that you’ve even heard of Yale.

  26. edited after preview…
    Dammit, Taktix (1:13pm), you beat me by a few minutes.

  27. [i]Remember when “artists” had to, like, paint and stuff?[/i]

    Nope…

  28. A few weeks ago I went to the Dallas Museum of Art and saw a display of plaster blocks randomly stacked. Now, A few nights of blackout-induced sex is also considered art.

    They just keep lowering the bar…

  29. Shvarts said she did not intend the project to have “shock value” or to generate controversy.

    “I hope it inspires some sort of disclosure. 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,” she said.

    WTF is this “Message” supposed to be?

  30. Remember when Yale was a Christian school?

    No.

  31. This is what happens when American turns away from Judeo-Christian values and endorsas Nihillistic Athiesm.

    I mean, say what you will about the merits of a brutally repressive theocracy, but at least it’s an ethos.

  32. I give her a “A+” for “creative way of getting massive attention through offensiveness”.

    I’m already interested in her next stunt. She really went the extra mile on this one.

  33. Modern art sucks balls.

  34. So if I placed a flaming bag of poo on the steps of the US Capitol to send a “message” could I get a diploma from Yale?

    Because this is about on the level.

  35. “I hope it inspires some sort of disclosure. 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,” she said.

    Disclosure? What exactly is supposed to be disclosed? I think this girl got her ideas and justification from the manitees. Now we know what they were doing during the WGA strike.

  36. While her art may seem a bit amateurish and bad even, the issues she is dealing with are not all that radical for the contemporary art world. Dealing with the body, metaphors about reproduction and using long form, personal performative techniques are not new and relevant to artistic discourse in the 21st century. I think she actually could be a decent artist, just young and unformed.

    This person aside, I have to say that I’m always surprised when otherwise intelligent and informed people (like my fine fellow H&R readers), who are completely comfortable with technological, scientific and social progress seem to think that artists are still painting bowls of fruit in their atelier somewhere. Whenever I tell anyone that I’m an artist, they say, “Oh, what kind of things do you paint?” As if the last 150 years hadn’t happened. It’s like asking a biochemist how that turning base metal into gold thing is coming.

    Anyway, I think it’s important think about this woman’s art on its own terms, and not jump to that old saw of “this isn’t even art.”

    That said, she seems like she is wrapped very tightly in all this art school speak and needs to grow out of it. And while this may be getting some hype in the regular press, the art press is jaded and has seen this all before and will largely ignore it.

  37. “but it’s not the intention of the piece to scandalize anyone”

    She also gets an “A+” for “total bullshittery”.

  38. On further thought I am actually shocked and offended. Congratulations shocking and offending artist, you have managed to trample on human sensibilities about life. Congratulations.

  39. I have the very pc view that (very approximately) people = dogs =/> babies > lizards etc >>> fetuses.

    But, killing even something so low for something of so little value seems wrong.

  40. I can’t believe anyone one considers that art.

    “They just keep lowering the bar…”

    No shit. It reminds me of those people who go on talk/reality shows and “admit” they are a trannie and slept with their gay granma.
    It’s just shock value.

  41. “So if I placed a flaming bag of poo on the steps of the US Capitol to send a “message” could I get a diploma from Yale?

    Because this is about on the level.”

    ahahahahaha!!!!! We have a winner!

  42. That said, she seems like she is wrapped very tightly in all this art school speak and needs to grow out of it. And while this may be getting some hype in the regular press, the art press is jaded and has seen this all before and will largely ignore it.

    So seeing as how I’m like all ignorant of art and the like, can you answer what the hell her “message” is supposed to be here?

  43. I say kudos! I’m all for this girl NOT reproducing.

  44. When’s Christo come in and wrap the fetuses in microwave foil?

  45. A few weeks ago I went to the Dallas Museum of Art and saw a display of plaster blocks randomly stacked. Now, A few nights of blackout-induced sex is also considered art.

    They just keep lowering the bar…

    Google Guillermo Habacuc Vargas for a real treat.

  46. You can pry my aborted fetus from my cold dead uterus.

  47. She looks like a reject from Fame. The movie.

    Hope she doesn’t plan on having any children later on. That womb is probably pretty battered up by now…

  48. I thought human was white meat.

  49. Put me down as having no comment.

  50. foxhunter | April 17, 2008, 1:19pm | #
    [i]Remember when “artists” had to, like, paint and stuff?[/i]

    Nope…

    Yah, most of us weren’t alive then.

  51. Though I believe abortion should be legal, I feel the repeated intentional impregnation for the purpose of aborting should have criminal consequences for the bitch (I can’t consider her a woman) and anyone on the Yale staff who approved or knew of this project.

    I hope Karma fucks with her later.

  52. Actually, I think this is a very interesting and important piece of art, precisely because it is so shocking and provocative.

    I don’t understand what the pro-life guy is complaining about. This helps him. The subtext of the piece is obvious: if abortions are not the taking of human life, this piece of art is not offensive. Or at least, no more offensive than accidentally getting a glimpse of a used pad in the bathroom garbage can. Those who are offended by it should re-evaluate their beliefs on the question of the life of a fetus.

    I think this is probably closely related to the Atrios hobbyhorse of whether we should strive to make abortion “rare”, the way many Democrat politicians say. The only reason to want it to be rare is if you think it is wrong. This artist seems to be throwing that idea out there in a plastic form. That shows more thought than 99% of the art I hear about.

  53. And Bside pops up with a timely reminder that some poor bastard had to read her critical theory essay on this.

    Almost makes me grateful that I still grade lab reports.

  54. Does she think that she’s helping her cause? Stupid.

  55. BTW, here’s the little hipster:

    http://jezebel.com/assets/resources/2008/04/alizashvarts41708.jpg

    Now I know why she had to be inseminated artificially…

    Actually, if she posted an ad offering free sex on Craigslist, she’d have 200 replies within a couple of hours, if what I’ve read on Best of Craigslist bears any relation to reality. 500 replies if she was good-looking.

    Some men will f*ck anything.

  56. I don’t believe her. Maybe it’s just me being cynical.

  57. The more attention people give her over this, the harder she wins.

    BUT

    I can’t even imagine how grandly self-absorbed a person would have to be to contemplate doing such a thing. Also, I am curious about what her “message” is supposed to be- did she really have anything to say, or is she just an attention whore?

  58. I thought human was white meat.

    Well, technically, a fetus is not fully cooked. They’re sort of pink, if I recall my last feast correctly. Also, beware of getting worms.

  59. dbcooper –

    Not reading her critical theory paper was exactly the motivation I had not to teach art out of grad school. I work a productive and economy-enriching corporate job like everybody else.

  60. The misinformation in the LifeNews article masks the best part!

    According to this article from Yale Daily News, the girl didn’t use RU-486 as stated in LifeNews but an unknown “legal and herbal” abortifacient. And, of course, because it’s from NATURE it’s not going to be harmful to her health!11!!

  61. I say kudos! I’m all for this girl NOT reproducing.

    Yet she did. Several times.

  62. Fluffy,

    I’m sorry, but I don’t believe she put that much thought into it. I’m going with “attention whore.”

  63. Remember when no-talent ass-joints just used feces and urine to get attention?

    So, does one really need to go to Yale to do this? Seems like you could pull this stunt at a community college and still get plenty of notice.

    I guess if you’re trying to lash out at your wealthy neglectful parents, this would be the way to do it.

  64. Fairly disgusting and I can’t see how it’s art, but she’s not killing a human (at least not so early in the pregnancy.) I’m taking the under.

    Regards,
    TDL

  65. BTW, here’s the little hipster:

    http://jezebel.com/assets/resources/2008/04/alizashvarts41708.jpg

    Offer for natural insemination services has been retracted!

  66. I think the “whore” part of “attention whore” goes without saying, but still…

    …the lengths some people go through for their “art”. I wouldn’t pay to see it, I’d probably laugh at the people who think it is worth seeing, and wonder what the hell was going through her mind to think that it was a good idea, just considering the risks inherent in the project. To me, it’s almost like Van Gogh displaying the ear he cut off in a museum.

  67. Early line: Over/under at 400 comments.

    600 I say.

  68. Fluffy,
    You’re reading WAY too much into this rich-bitch cow who just shit out a couple of fetus burgers to get a lot of undeserved attention.
    But hey, I’m sure there’s room for a Ph.d dissertation in there somehwere.

  69. @bside: It wasn’t intended as a criticism of you, was merely noting that (esp. from your last paragraph) your post strongly suggested the possibility.

    ps. Your reasons are the same as my buddy’s for going back to selling liquor after his MFA. Well, that and money/booze/pussy.

  70. While anyone who calls this art easily can, I can just as fairly observe that it is an uninteresting, unappealing waste of my time.

  71. Yawn… another day, another person doing something revolting that has zero impact on my life, another blog post filled with outraged comments.

  72. Ah SugarFree, that was my favourite too.

    No how about some selections from pandagon, feministing, etc etc etc

  73. dbcooper –

    No offense taken. I was echoing your thoughts.

    And if it wasn’t for art and booze, I’d likely never get any pussy. Or money.

  74. I suppose not. Charcoal is useful, for one thing.

    Some of us consider “the continuation of the human species” and “the creation of unique individuals” to be useful, but YMMV.

  75. Early line: Over/under at 400 comments.

    Oddly, that number would be difficult to make with only joe providing comments every 2 min. Now that Neil is here it seems well within reach.

  76. Fluffy’s right. This has the potential to be a turning point. Flaunting irrisponsibility may just convince others that some people can’t be trusted with the responsibility.

  77. I only wish that her mother had thought of this idea instead.

  78. It is rather disgusting. Also I am also fairly lukewarm on the abortion debate, legally I take an anti-Roe v Wade, Pro Choice position which adheres to federalism, but I am personally pro life. But if one were zealous about being pro choice, both legally and personally, I don’t see how they cannot be disgusted and annoyed by these actions because stuff like this hurts their cause.

    And as other people have said, this is not art for the sake of art, it is art for the sake of attention. Creating something only for shock value is not creative at all in my book. This does not provoke thought or thinking, it provokes emotional backlash.

  79. Look at it this way… it’s probably the widest array of preserved unique human DNA since the panties of Kobe Bryant’s accuser a couple years back…

  80. Some of us consider “the continuation of the human species” and “the creation of unique individuals” to be useful, but YMMV.

    You’d be shocked just how little one fetus contributes to the general propagation of the species, and as for unique individuals I’ve seen precious little evidence they exist in any significant number.

  81. dbcooper,

    Feministing has been strangely quiet. They are probably waiting until they think up a way to blame it all on men.

  82. as for unique individuals I’ve seen precious little evidence they exist in any significant number.

    So everybody is different, except you? πŸ™‚

  83. And you’d be shocked just how little one lump of charcoal contributes to the cooking needs of humanity.

    So?

  84. YMMV

    English, pleez.

  85. this is not art for the sake of art, it is art for the sake of attention.

    If art’s purpose is to communicate ideas, emotions, or positions, then all art is art for the sake of attention.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  86. Guy, I could never get enough of you!

    < 3

  87. YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

  88. I’ve seen precious little evidence they exist in any significant number is mainly a statement about your perceptive ability.

  89. Nevermind, joe. I found out. Just don’t make me have to google any of your netspeak again.

  90. So everybody is different, except you? πŸ™‚

    LOL!

  91. Catholic joe is here! Catholic joe is here!

  92. PC-
    “this is not art for the sake of art, it is art for the sake of attention.”

    Is there something wrong with trying to get attention? Or trying to advance your career?

    That is a lousy argument on a libertarian message board. I’m shocked at such anti-free market commie pinko evilness.

  93. This, and the link to the dead dog, presents a viable question:

    Where do you draw the line between art and criminality? Could a guy murder another guy with a steel dildo and claim it to be art?

  94. I fail to see the value here, but since I see no coercion going on I also fail to see any objection.

  95. Correction: Bad Catholic joe is here.

    Catholic joe would never say a fertilized egg isn’t a person.

  96. As others have said, art is supposed to stimulate the emotions. From that perspective alone, she has been successful.

    I bet she’s voting for Hillary.

  97. Shit, Feministing still hasn’t picked this one up yet.

  98. Where do you draw the line between art and criminality? Could a guy murder another guy with a steel dildo and claim it to be art?

    Only as long as it is in a bedroom in certain coastal States.

  99. Also since this is Radley post and I am surprised he hasn’t, at least I have not seen him or anyone at Reason tackle the FLDS saga going on in Texas, all I can say is what gives? I think a thread about that would be rather diverse and interesting, and more importantly you have hundreds of children whose lives are up in the air because of a alleged case of abuse from one person. If Reason has done something on this somebody please correct me, but Reason is really dropping the ball on this one and it will be noted, especially since I was going to subscribe after tax day but the silence makes me think that my money would be better spent elsewhere. I don’t even have to agree with the article, I would just like to see it covered because it is an important story.

  100. Is there something wrong with trying to get attention? Or trying to advance your career?

    Hey, we’re all for markets here. If you can find out a way to sell diahrrea-sicles, more power to you. Doesn’t mean we don’t have an opinion on shitsticks, though.

  101. Red Meat for H&R Commenters

    Wouldn’t this be the latest “other white meat”?

  102. Does it occur to anyone that she didn’t even have to do any of the things she claimed. All it takes is the suggestion, and heads explode. Witness the starved dog project.

    I think the self mutilator is a better shock art gag. At least it’s more difficult to fake amputations.

  103. Catholic joe would never say a fertilized egg isn’t a person.

    Granted, depends on what a person is… not referring to the egg, I’m referring to the egg carrier.

  104. Molly Clark-Barol, a Yale student and commenter on the YDH’s website, sums up Shvarts’s egocentrism better than I could:

    “Congratulations, Aliza Shvarts ’08: you have single-handedly trivialized not only an entire generation and a half’s fight to gain and retain the right to choose, through harassment and against massive odds, but also history of women’s struggles, not only politically, but with the emotional, moral, and spiritual impacts of the choice to terminate a pregnancy. You also spit upon every couple who has tried, and failed, sometimes repeatedly, to have children. it is the emotional impact of these struggles, emotional impact that you shamelessly exploit, not explore, in your senior project.”

  105. “Bside,

    “this is not art for the sake of art, it is art for the sake of attention.”

    Is there something wrong with trying to get attention? Or trying to advance your career?

    That is a lousy argument on a libertarian message board. I’m shocked at such anti-free market commie pinko evilness.”

    When did I ever say that she should be silenced via the authorities or censored? She obviously shouldn’t be subsidized in any way. Libertarians can make value judgements.

  106. Also since this is Radley post and I am surprised he hasn’t, at least I have not seen him or anyone at Reason tackle the FLDS saga going on in Texas, all I can say is what gives?

    I guess they are getting the same umbrella of protection that Sen. Jim Webb and his staff got for the ‘toting around a pistol and ammo in DC without a license’ episode.

  107. Meanwhile, I’m off to look at my lowbrow art of choice, 2 girls 1 cup…

  108. Shvarts said she did not intend the project to have “shock value” or to generate controversy. “I hope it inspires some sort of disclosure. 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,” she said.

    If this was her aim, she failed. Give her an F.

  109. Oops, the entirety of my 1:58 post is from the linked site- I didn’t make it clear I’m not the one who’s speaking. My bad.

  110. Molly Clark-Barol, a Yale student and commenter on the YDH’s website, sums up Shvarts’s egocentrism better than I could: “Congratulations, Aliza Shvarts ’08: you have single-handedly trivialized not only an entire generation and a half’s fight to gain and retain the right to choose, through harassment and against massive odds, but also history of women’s struggles, not only politically, but with the emotional, moral, and spiritual impacts of the choice to terminate a pregnancy. You also spit upon every couple who has tried, and failed, sometimes repeatedly, to have children. it is the emotional impact of these struggles, emotional impact that you shamelessly exploit, not explore, in your senior project.”

    Well Said

  111. Damn it, stop messing with joe — he and I are on the same team for once.

    You don’t have to be Catholic to believe that this perverse.

  112. Now I know why she had to be inseminated artificially…

    I’d hit it.

  113. Shecky’s right. The tip-off is the “artificially inseminated” part.

    Artificial insemination is fairly complicated and requires, at least, a team of doctors. Have we heard from this team of doctors?

    It seems far more likely that she has either a “keeper” (google it) or some hatpins along with an insight into what would totally get people yelling.

    If that’s the case, she’s one of the most brilliant artists since Frank Zappa.

  114. SugarFree, aren’t you familiar with the following now?

    1. No womyn are free to make rational decisions in our patriarchy ruled slave society
    2. ?
    3. Men’s fault.

    I suspect they’re looking for their “smoking gun.” Something like a woman (what’s the singular of womyn?) once had an abortion and then said it was because her boyfriend wanted her to. This undeniably establishes the coercive link, and you frat-boy, douche bag, white, male, patrician, date-rapists can’t wriggle your way out of it this time.

    etc etc etc

    ps. That’s more of a general thing, not characterising Feministing in particular.

  115. You don’t have to be Catholic to believe that this perverse.

    Yea, even some of us not-so-bitter-any-more Baptists share that view.

  116. I had an ex who wanted to copulate during her menstruation over a canvas for an art project. All fetus killing aside, we ended up just defiling several classrooms after class hours, no blood involved…

  117. Does it occur to anyone that she didn’t even have to do any of the things she claimed.

    Err, yep. But this is more fun.

  118. old geezer is too slow with new fangled computer thingy

  119. what’s the singular of womyn?

    Womin?

  120. Artificial insemination is fairly complicated and requires, at least, a team of doctors. Have we heard from this team of doctors?

    There was a successful case not so long ago (within the last decade or so) that used two high-tech tools: a calendar and a turkey baster. And no professional help. I’m too lazy to look it up.

  121. With any luck she will have dramatically reduced the probability of carrying a pregnancy to full term in the future.

  122. PC –

    Of course you can make value judgments. Sounds like her work kind of sucks. Fine.

    But to criticize her for doing it for attention is just a rotten argument from a lib perspective. It also misses the point entirely. The guy who paints portraits of puppies in oils is doing it for the attention. The question really is, is it good art? Does it succeed in doing what it sets out to do? Is it beautiful or thought provoking? Is it new or original? I’m not talking about this woman; these are the basic questions to ask when assessing a work of art. Or anything else for that matter.

  123. what’s the singular of womyn?

    Un ejemplo del especie inferior.

  124. dbcooper,

    It’s really more of feministing thing, I think. They don’t care for ambiguity. It’s sort of like Lifetime Mystery Movies. What’s the mystery? The guy did it. Or sometimes the younger woman. Feministing is loath to even bring a subject up until they have a clear black hat.

  125. How old were the zygotes / embryos / fetuses / whatever at termination. I think that is what matters most and is not immediately clear here.

  126. I think in terms of art, this does what Fluffy suggests, and draws the line in black and white in a way no manner of discussion can.

    For example:
    For abortions I think if someone makes a mistake and needs an abortion, go for it.

    This, however, I think is sick.

    For that reason, I think it is good ‘art’ in some sense of the word.

  127. Feministing is loath to even bring a subject up until they have a clear black hat.

    And here I was thinking that the instinct of blame and scapegoating were all patriarchially-constructed male-dominant values.

  128. Shvarts mixed Vaseline with the blood to prevent it from drying and placed the blood between sheets of plastic wrapped around the cube that hung from the ceiling.

    For a female artist trying to push the envelope, her method seems a bit, well, domestic. Sort of a lurid Martha Stewart Living.

  129. Shit, Feministing still hasn’t picked this one up yet.

    If they do, I’ll read it. I still think it never happened.

  130. I’ll take under 400 for a beer.

  131. When are we allowed to toss out the “artist” moniker, and just call it “gross”?

  132. Having an abortion is a little like using heroin. Neither activity ought to be illegal, nor need anyone feel ashamed about doing it, no matter what their prudish busybody neighbors think.

    But to flaunt either one in public, for the sake of publicity, is more than a little distasteful.

    To then call it art is an insult to artists that actually take time to perfect their craft.

    And to claim that it’s not intended to scandalize anyone is obvious bullshit.

    This sort of art is a perfect illustration of the principle that not everything permissible ought to be done. I sincerely hope she makes the most of her 15 minutes, because this is sort of stunt that’s likely to follow her for the remainder of her life.

  133. Applying Occam’s Razor, this is a hoax. The end.

  134. what’s the singular of womyn?

    Lonely lesbian?

  135. [W]hat’s the singular of womyn?

    There is no singular for womyn. Womyn are a collective, strong in their unity.

  136. She’s kind of cute.

    No, she looks like the typical, unattractive shrill feminist with bad hair and a nasally, annoying voice. She’ll do well in life. I see a future position as a regular NPR contributor.

  137. Now that I think about it, alkali is probably right.

  138. The guy who paints portraits of puppies in oils is doing it for the attention.

    Not every person who wants to create art wants attention. For example, I could care less if you or anyone else reads anything I have ever written; I do it for the joy of the act (that and the fact that I probably suck is what will keep you from reading it).

  139. There is no singular for womyn. Womyn are a collective, strong in their unity.

    Also see: Betty Crocker convention.

  140. *couldn’t care less. I am my own worst enemy.

  141. Lonely lesbian

    That, sir, is funny.

  142. I doubt this actually happened myself, but if it did, I imagine she said she was “artificially inseminated” simply to shield the “donor” from retribution.

    I also think she’ll get her just desserts on this one. Try sleeping or cramming for a test with 50 fundie pro-lifers chanting outside of you dorm, 24/7.

  143. Paul-

    “When are we allowed to toss out the “artist” moniker, and just call it “gross?”

    You are suggesting that these things are mutually exclusive?

  144. I’m with those who say they don’t completely buy this. More likely she used that “Keeper” thingy Jaybird mentioned than actually inseminated herself.

    I do have to say, though, it is perverse. And disturbing indeed if she actually did this. Yale student Molly Clark-Barol’s response was spot on, having known a few couples have tried desperately to conceive.

  145. Man, I totally had that coming.

  146. “Does it occur to anyone that she didn’t even have to do any of the things she claimed. All it takes is the suggestion, and heads explode.”

    Sure, and that also bothers me. Should I decide to take my used bloddy tampons and hang them on a Christmas tree, would that be art?
    I suppose it could be argued that the message would be womanhood (virginity/whore/abortion/motherhood) vs Christianity.
    hey, maybe I can get a degree from Yale too! πŸ™‚

  147. Pro Lib, Jamie Kelly, Prolefeed:

    Nice work boys.

  148. Should I decide to take my used bloddy tampons and hang them on a Christmas tree, would that be art?

    Hmmm.. (*scratches chin*) I believe this piece to be an ontological statement using minimal ideograms.

  149. What LMOP said, first crack out of the box,

    Shvarts is not only full of shit, she is lying. Otherwise the artwork would be on display in her very private garage.

    BTW, I’ve seen what a miscarriage looks like. Not pleasant.

  150. Over 150 comments ….

    Maybe I’ll take the under

  151. The guy who paints portraits of puppies in oils is doing it for the attention.

    I paint with oils. It relaxes me and keeps me from drinking too much. If no one sees my work, well they’re probably better off. Current politics has me painting less, drinking more.

  152. There is no singular for womyn. Womyn are a collective, strong in their unity.

    Also see: Betty Crocker convention.

    And, Iron My Shirt!

  153. what a sociopath she is. This sort of thing should be illegal. To artifically inseminate yourself for the purpose of having an abortion is sick and demented.

  154. Now TWC, you’re making Chelsea cry again.

  155. Shvarts said she did not intend the project to have “shock value” or to generate controversy.

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

    Aliza Shvarts says she artificially inseminated herself

    She couldn’t even get laid? Sheesh.

    This woman has Issues.

  156. “Un ejemplo del especie inferior.”

    Lo correcto es decir: “un ejemplo de LA especie inferior”

    Me sorprende que tu intelecto superior no haya capatado semejante error…

  157. Since somebody (or somebodies, I didn’t read the thread in toto) brought it up here, too, I’ll reiterate my comment from TheAgitator thread. To wit:

    Artificial insemination of a perfectly fertile woman requires little more than a turkey baster, reasonably good timing and a freshly deposited/thawed sperm sample.

    It’s how cows are inseminated all the time and (yes, this is a woman saying this), women need not be much different in this regard.

    And TWC, my husband’s version is, “bitch, bring me a beer! And where’s my chicken pot pie?”

  158. Try sleeping or cramming for a test with 50 fundie pro-lifers chanting outside of you dorm, 24/7.

    Dude, the fundie pro-lifers *are* the final exam. The only people who should be pissed about that part are her *neighbors*.

  159. I have to wonder though: what the hell is the point?

    She doesn’t seem to be pro-life. It’s certainly not going to appeal to pro-choice people.

    Politically, I’m going with “shit nuts.”

  160. Attention seeking ballbag she be. Wake me up when they’re hacking limbs of the homeless.

  161. Lifenews.com: Sweet job on teh jurnalizms. I found this absolute gem from their website:

    Lyon, France (LifeNews.com) — A study by a French doctor using an abortion drug to treat pregnant women with arthritis shows that the drug is dangerous to their unborn children.”

    C’mon, that’s an awesome lede, no?

  162. She couldn’t even get laid?

    Did you see the photo, Tall?

    She’s got black marks on her cheeks from chasing cars and biting tires. I wouldn’t do her, not even with yours.

    Actually, I’ve seen worse, but still it’s fun to make fun of her for being ugly.

  163. This would look great hanging over my new couch! I’ve done the den in reds and golds…

  164. I don’t see a photo of her, just a sign with demonstrators.

  165. And TWC, my husband’s version is, “bitch, bring me a beer! And where’s my chicken pot pie?”

    Ya know what you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nuthin’, ya already done tole her twice.

    Jesus Chrysler, that’s so bad…..

  166. A little googling reveals:

    The Ming Period, 1999

    There are periods of world history-large, expansive, extremely important and eventful times in human existence-that I will never remember, yet for as long as I live, I won’t forget the Ming Dynasty, for it was to the noise of their clashing swords that I became a woman. I was in seventh grade, age 13, and we were watching a movie on Chinese history. While the Mings were in the midst of expelling the Mongols, I began to feel this unearthly pain in my lower abdomen.

    We were all sitting on the floor of the classroom to watch the movie and I remember attempting to discreetly lie on my belly in hopes that it might go away. Facedown in the scratchy carpet, I tried to figure out was happening to me. My two guesses were 1) appendicitis, and 2) my period. As the Mings were reforming the Chinese Civil Service Examinations, I weighed my options: if it was appendicitis, then either I would have to go to the hospital, or just die, and not have to come back to school in either instance. Of course, if I had gotten my period, then that was another matter-that meant a lot more.

    Back in the days of middle school, at least at my middle school, getting one’s period was akin to a competitive sport. Everyone knew who had theirs already; everyone couldn’t wait to join their ranks in womanhood. My best friend at the time who I had known since preschool had gotten hers a couple months earlier, and I remember sitting jealously in my living room as my mother congratulated her and explained to her womanhood, what it meant to grow up, and the finer points of the tampon vs. pad debate.

    I was very excited, lying there in the carpet, at the notion that now it might be my turn. I ended up sticking it out for the whole film, which I still feel is quite an accomplishment-it was a very long movie, there is a lot that happened in 14th century China. After a trip to the girls’ bathroom and a harrowing experience with the pad dispenser, I got on the school bus to go home, excited to tell my mother the news. I expected a lot from that talk. I expected secrets to be revealed, meanings to be exposed, and to emerge somehow closer to my mother and her adult world. I remember beaming as she sat me down on her bed with a package of pads and launched into a similar version of the talk she had given my friend. But about five or ten minutes into it, her then-boyfriend got home from work and walked into the bedroom. She looked at me, handed me the package, and nothing more was said. My first period remained an event shared only by the Mings and me.

    -Aliza Shvarts, Los Angeles, CA
    Aliza is an Art major at Yale

  167. I won’t forget the Ming Dynasty, for it was to the noise of their clashing swords that I became a woman.

    Wow, I thought this was going somewhere entirely different.

    I’m skeptical she’s ever “become a woman.”

  168. Tall One: The photo link is upthread. Oh this is easier:

    http://cache.jezebel.com/assets/resources/2008/04/alizashvarts41708.jpg

    Parachuter:

    Bet her Mom is soooo oooohh proud!

  169. I wonder if she is taking commissions. I would like to see something in poop, or bile, for the game room.

  170. Well, she’s not a *terrible* writer. Thanks for the not-quite-illuminating Google gold, DB.

  171. XXX, sociopath, sure, illegal? I dunno. If it was 100 years ago we could just run her out of town. But now we’re civilized.

    Bronwyn, loved the family photo.

  172. It’s too literal to be art. Art is supposed to be representation of reality rather than intentional enactment of that reality. Otherwise, it’s just life.

    RU486 happens. That’s life, not art.

  173. You know the difference between a pregnant woman and a light bulb?

    You can’t put RU-486 in a light bulb.

  174. Aww, thanks! *blushes*

  175. TWC, one can only imagine.

    Damn, this is just what I needed with a progress report distracting me from the web.

  176. My prediction? In a week or so, she will “reveal” that it was all a fake, and the “art” was really about the nature of controvery in the modern age or some such ting.

  177. Who the fuck raised this child!?

  178. “This woman has Issues.”

    What makes you jump so hastily to *that* conclusion?

    Look, even though I’m pro-life, I would like to offer some disinterested advice to the pro-abortion crowd: Don’t repudiate this eloquent artist – affirm her work and emulate it! Only by confonting sexist/patriarchai/chauvinist Amerikkka will you be able to make them truly convert to your viewpoint.

  179. Does it occur to anyone that she didn’t even have to do any of the things she claimed.

    If the raison d/etre of your “art” is shock, and the shock comes only from your emissions containing actual fertilized ova, I think we need some kind of proof that said ova were actually present.

  180. bside | April 17, 2008, 2:12pm | #

    Yes in some cases drawing attention is an important aspect to achieve a goal, but it is usually done to advertise a certain product or service that possesses some other value, which is an aspect of marketing. Shitting on a cross or splattering fetus parts on a canvas doesn’t strike me as art, it merely provokes an emotional backlash. I didn’t think that the “art” was very artistic, all I saw was shock value. That strikes me as shallow and talentless. Many works of art should grab attention, a few are more subtle and hide their profundity, but it should do more than just grab attention only. There are parts to a whole when discussing most things and regarding art as you somewhat elaborated on. Concerning the artistic merit of this lady and her discharge, the other parts of the whole of art as missing. The hypothetical man creating an image of a dog sounds like he is making art that serves a purpose, of a much more utilitarian nature, to give someone pleasure and to cover up empty space. Now I do not see an image of a dog as profound art but art nonetheless.

  181. I’d like to point out that:

    1. Whether she is an attention whore or, as Fluffy (sort of) contends, she did it to highlight the line between being ok with abortion and not…is irrelevant. Because even if she is just an attention whore, she still inadvertently highlighted that line.

    2. If you have no problem with abortion, you should not have a problem with this. Morgan Spurlock abused his body for SuperSize Me; was that wrong too?

    3. I have zero problem with what she did. It’s her body, she can abuse it at will.

    (I actually dig just how disgusting it all is–it really appeals to my horror movie sensibilities)

  182. TWC,

    Shvarts is not only full of shit, she is lying. Otherwise the artwork would be on display in her very private garage.

    If she becomes a Yale grad and she shows a skill for lying, then she will probably be on the staff of The New Republic for her first “real” job.

  183. Does it surprise anyone that she is from L.A.?

  184. Does it surprise anyone that she is from L.A.?

    Not after I saw her dressed in Poison’s hand-me downs, it doesn’t.

  185. Is she in Skull & Bones?

  186. It’s not art. It’s entertainment. I think it’s high time for the ultimate act of gross-out fun times : Dead Baby Pudding.

  187. The article said that the installation included video of the miscarriages. If that means that the viewer is treated to the miscarriages actually happening, I suppose that would be proof she’s not lying.

  188. “If she becomes a Yale grad and she shows a skill for lying, then she will probably be on the staff of The New Republic for her first “real” job.”

    LOL Montag wins the thread yet again!!

  189. As someone who experienced a miscarriage at 8* weeks, I can tell you it isn’t pretty and it’s exceptionally painful.

    I wonder how long she allowed these pregnancies to go before she induced the abortions.

    If she waited 10 or 12 weeks*, there would be something visibly embryonic in the efflux. Earlier than that, and it’s pretty much nothing more than a massively messy and painful period.

    To the naked eye, anyway.

    *LMP weeks, subtract two if you want fetal age.

  190. Just another case of Ivy League plagiarism…

    Aliza Shvarts stole my work!!! http://moxie.nu/moveabletype/archives/003837.php

  191. She looks like her closet threw up on her.

  192. So since the consensus by some folks is that this is art, what isn’t art?

    Because maybe I can get a performance art grant for sitting on my ass refreshing HnR.

  193. She looks like her closet threw up on her.

    Maybe it is just a ploy to get on What not to Wear? Or Geraldo at Large?

  194. Timmy Mac | April 17, 2008, 2:50pm | #
    My prediction? In a week or so, she will “reveal” that it was all a fake, and the “art” was really about the nature of controvery in the modern age or some such ting.

    I think you nailed it. The controversy that is being generated will be the “real” art project. Kind of a meta-performance art piece. And she will then be hailed for her genius, go on to get her MFA, get hired on Yale’s faculty, get tenure, and brainwash a whole new brood of narcissistic littles putzes and release them upon the world.

  195. Because maybe I can get a performance art grant for sitting on my ass refreshing HnR.

    Well shit, that’s what my grant’s paying for right now.

  196. If you have no problem with abortion, you should not have a problem with this.

    Safe, legal, and rare. Yeah, I can see lots of pro choice folks being upset by this.

    Art/entertainment, is there necessarily a difference?

    I think it’s a pretty good stunt, if for no other reason that it’s so easy to fake, and still jerk around all the usual suspects. Truly shocking things were a dime a dozen, and the bottom has fallen out of the market.

    The article said that the installation included video of the miscarriages. If that means that the viewer is treated to the miscarriages actually happening, I suppose that would be proof she’s not lying.

    How does anyone know it wasn’t just a period? Or even better, more along the lines of the worlds longest turd. (NSFW)
    http://intermaweb.net/index.php/2005/10/29/world-record-4-peristaltic-action/

  197. Bingo –

    What is or isn’t art is a pretty useless question. It doesn’t get you anywhere. If she intends it as art, then it’s art. Big deal. Then what? The real question is, is it any good? That can be answered with some level of certainty and actually has a point.

  198. So if I placed a flaming bag of poo on the steps of the US Capitol to send a “message” could I get a diploma from Yale?

    No, but if you get a bunch of drunken friends together at a national monument to do the Charleston, you can foment a worldwide political movement against petty tyranny.

  199. In all seriousness . . . this is lame. Just another dipshit femicommie trying to score brownie points with the Ivy League radicals. Alas, this is our system of higher education.

  200. Shit. We’re not even going to make it to 300. This is the real shameful comment on our culture in moral decline.

  201. Really? 200+ comments on this nonstory?

  202. ed, we’ve got quotas to meet.

    Thanks for your help!

  203. Wa going pretty strong until I pointed out that joe/Neil thing. Sorry guys.

  204. Guy I’m just happy you noticed me!!

  205. Guy jinxed it. Let’s hit 400 by insulting him.

  206. Guy would probably hit it.

    /ducks

  207. ed,

    But think of the children (mixed with batin’ juice and wrapped in plastic).

  208. This reminds me of more feminist artwork I saw at a recent local art opening this past weekend. One of the two exhibiting artists did all of her artwork around feminist-centered themes. There was a sculpture of a bloody aborted fetus hanging in some sort of cloth basked from the ceiling. That kind of squicked me. The thing that really annoyed me though was her rape bedsheets — she had an entire bed laid out with sheets and pillowcases, etc. that she designed herself. The pattern was this frantic writing that said something like (I can’t remember exactly, but it was something like): “pleading, crying, struggling, begging for death” all over the sheets. It angered me on a number of levels. First of all, the other artist who was exhibiting (whose work was all very good), who was showing my friend and I around the show, had said that the artist had never herself been raped. So firstly, it wasn’t art about personal experience or catharsis or anything. Second of all, where does someone who hasn’t experienced a rape get off suggesting that death would be preferable to surviving a rape? The whole piece just stank of ignorance to me. Thirdly, rape is not a fucking color scheme for bedsheets. My overall impression of the artist was that she is a total dumbass.

    Just something that Shvartz’s artwork reminded me of.

  209. Guy Montag smells worse than my pillow.

  210. “pleading, crying, struggling, begging for death”

    Yeah, that doesn’t ring a bell for me, either.

  211. Brandybuck’s Rules of Life # 17: Deliberately offending people is always a stupid. There is a point beyond which even the most enlightened soul is so offended that he won’t bother to lift a finger to defend you from the rampaging crowd.

  212. Guy I’m just happy you noticed me!!

    OMG Neil you are the best.

    Guy has crush on Neil and vice versa–time for a bromance.

  213. I’m still betting the under.

  214. Episiarch I meant that in the most manly, straight, heterosexual way possible. So get your mind out of the gutter!!

  215. Neil = Guy fanboi?

    πŸ˜‰

  216. I think “Go artificially inseminate yourself” should be added to the American lexicon.

  217. dbcooper,

    No, that’s the thing. The other exhibiting artist, who I am pretty sure is friends with the feminist artist, said that the feminist artist had said herself that she had no sexual abuse or rape in her personal history. I think maybe she just listens to too much Tori Amos.

  218. Guy has crush on Neil and vice versa–time for a bromance.

    Place your bets on who plays the part of salad-tosser.

  219. “Neil = Guy fanboi?”

    If by that you mean my day isnt complete until I see his witty, inciteful comments here or read his blog, then yes I am.

  220. If she becomes a Yale grad and she shows a skill for lying, then she will probably be on the staff of The New Republic for her first “real” job.

    Yale grad, skilled liar. Does that remind you of anybody?

  221. According to my search, only one commenter prior to me has invoked the word “hoax”.

    That is almost embarrassing as the BSG circle-jerk, or something Michael Young excreted here.

    This is not H&R’s finest hour/day.

  222. inciteful

    *long, drawn-out sigh*

  223. Smacky, I think the person who made that t-shirt hadn’t suffered any sexual abuse etc either, so was just keeping in that general theme.

    BTW, Dresden Dolls are the new Tori Amos. Ughh.

  224. OK, that’s it, I’m gonna guess. Neil is VikingMoose doing a new project for The URKOBOLD.

  225. In the words of Mr. Vonnegut – “just because something can reproduce, doesn’t mean it should” – Hocus Pocus

  226. Hey, it could be a hoax. All I’m saying is that it’s a credible story.

    And either way, the “artist” is still sick.

  227. Episiarch I meant that in the most manly, straight, heterosexual way possible. So get your mind out of the gutter!!

    Closeted queers often act hyper masculine with the attendant gay bashing.

    Got a wide stance there, Neil?

  228. wow, this really makes me sick to my stomach

  229. BTW, Dresden Dolls are the new Tori Amos. Ughh.

    But I *like* Tori Amos.

    Srsly.

  230. I have yet to read a comment, but what do the dresden dolls and tori amos have to do with this story?

  231. But I *like* Tori Amos.

    You sure you’re a guy?

    (just kidding, fag)

  232. Bronwyn,

    Guy would probably hit it.

    try this thread πŸ™‚

  233. Butts Wagner,

    While I enjoy some of Tori Amos’ songs, she does tend to draw the perpetual-victim crowd as fans of her music. Hence my snarky comment.

  234. I nominate as thread winner the comment by “some dude” at 1:33. I almost didn’t get it at first.

  235. Does it surprise anyone that she is from L.A.

    Hey! Welch is from LA.

  236. Stuck at 241. Are you guys afraid of recycling the old material?

    Here, I will mention my journal, for the first time in ages, so I can be accused of doing it every 5 min.

    At least 10 posts from now I will have a new stimulus package that Fluffy will love.

  237. Hey! Welch is from LA.

    Does anybody walk there these days?

  238. Under. Even with my contribution.

  239. According to my search, only one commenter prior to me has invoked the word “hoax”.

    There’s other way to say it’s a hoax, like I don’t really believe it. If fact, I actually said I don’t really believe it a long while go.

    Huh.

    Head on back to Troll College, as you may be late for Intellectually Bankrupt Insults 101.

  240. I have yet to read a comment, but what do the dresden dolls and tori amos have to do with this story?

    How’d you know they came up if you hadn’t read a comment? Hmm?

  241. How’d you know they came up if you hadn’t read a comment? Hmm?

    *self-induces abortion from thread*

  242. All this will do is embolden pro-lifers who will use it as a political football.

    In any case if i were to say her art project had a point it would be “If fetuses aren’t human beings, then whats the big deal anyway? Why do you care if I abort some children?”

    Which raises some interesting questions, but I’m probably giving her way too much credit.

  243. All this will do is embolden pro-lifers who will use it as a political football.

    That football is covered in innocent human skin sir!

  244. Also, has anyone commented on the thread title yet? Was this a sick pun by none other than innocent Radley Balko? tsk, tsk

  245. A consenting adult. Preggers through legal means. Used a legal drug to produce a legal conclusion. Practiced freedom of speech or expression or whatever. That only leaves me to pray for the sins and offer the sinner the love of Christ.

    my work here is done.

  246. Thank you brotherben. That was beautiful.

  247. Way to go, Brother Ben! Because if the government tells us something is moral and legal, then – by god – it is! There should be no more discussion on this very legal and very moral topic.

  248. anyone find pics of the project yet?

  249. Real life troll. *yawn*

  250. Thank you brotherben. That was beautiful.

    It’s actually pretty condescending.

  251. The actions were within the law. The morality of it is determined simply by each and every one of us based on our beliefs. The beliefs we chose. Hence my prayer for the woman. People of certain beliefs and morals will applaud what she did. As a christian, my duty is to pray for the sinners and perhaps they will be saved and turn from their wicked ways. My duty does not include changing the laws to suit my moral beliefs. Everyone has free will, not just me. I find it necessary to respect the law of the land. Leaving to Caesar what is his and all that.

  252. http://jezebel.com/assets/resources/2008/04/alizashvarts41708.jpg

    I’d hit it.

    Am I a bad person? Or just do not have good taste?

  253. I’m guessing there’s a Yale psych student insinuating this nutty broad and her (pseudo?)abortion pseudoart into their thesis on Histrionic Personality Disorder this very minute.

  254. I didn’t have to read more than the first paragraph of the linked piece to “call fake”.

    I have no issue with abortion when self-induced.
    “Drug legalization” would solve the pro-life/pro-baby-killing argument. Does any pro-lifer argue for charging the mother with murdering her child?

  255. Now I’m starting to warm up to the piece.

  256. OK. It was as I expected.

    To those (not so much here, but widespread elsewhere) who think she’ll be justifiably criticized/hounded/threatened/injured for this, how is it different than publishing a cartoon Muhammad, yanking the chains of religious folks around the world, simply for the sake of yanking their chains?

  257. I’d hit it.

    So would I.

    With a baseball bat.

  258. I had an ex who wanted to copulate during her menstruation over a canvas for an art project. All fetus killing aside, we ended up just defiling several classrooms after class hours, no blood involved…

    If you were having sex with a woman who was menstruating, there would be no fetus to kill…

  259. I have a button from Burning Man that is perfect for her…

    Just because no one understands you,
    doesn’t mean you are an artist.

  260. Shvartz, an arts major, told the Yale Daily: “I believe strongly that art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity. I think that I’m creating a project that lives up to the standard of what art is supposed to be.”

    Oh, so another fifth-rate Gorky/Shaw ersatz. Great. Just what the world needs.

  261. To those (not so much here, but widespread elsewhere) who think she’ll be justifiably criticized/hounded/threatened/injured for this, how is it different than publishing a cartoon Muhammad, yanking the chains of religious folks around the world, simply for the sake of yanking their chains?

    In this case, she probably has much more to fear from her own “kind” than from any “fundie”?

  262. From the WaPo piece:

    “…she wanted to provoke debate about the relationship between art and the human body but that the intention of the piece was not to scandalize anyone.”

    Well, well, well. Where do I start? First she spouts the nonsense that “art should be a medium for politics and ideologies, not just a commodity”–actually, dear, art by definition is a commodity, unless you happen to believe the even more head-spinning nonsense that there can be art without a consumer or an audience–and then she says she wanted her aborted (fill in whatever pun you want) debate without the accompanying scandal. IOW, she claims to be a performance artist without knowing what performance art is. Honey, let me tell you something: When the art of your performance does not please or challenge our perception but only your sincere pretensions, you’re not even a clown–you’re a fool. Just be sure to stay in your private school; we taxpayers deserve better returns on our precious time, attention and investment.

  263. Ok, so this piece of art wasn’t real.

    But the rape bedsheets were!

    I should take pictures of the rape-themed bed and post them, but I doubt they’d allow cameras in the art gallery.

  264. How appalling is it that so many dopes here actually fell for this shit?

    No wonder this country–no, the world–is so fucked.

  265. Like I said, even as a hoax, she’s still a sick little puppy.

    Her story was perfectly plausible. I think that, more than general credulity, is the more frightening indicator of civilization’s fucked-itude.

  266. It was not plausible at all, which any number of people pointed out before the hoax was disclosed.

    Just walk away in embarrassed silence, people.

  267. *sigh*

    Henry. I discussed how easy it is to artificially inseminate a perfectly fertile woman – it’s as easy as a turkey baster and good timing. Just like it’s done with cows.

    Art. Insem. only grows complicated when the involved parties are not so ripe, so to speak.

    That she inseminated herself was plausible.

    That she aborted on her own is also plausible. Women have been doing so with various herbal (and now chemical) concoctions for millenia.

    Oh, forget it. It’s like talking to a wall.

    (and I’m sure you feel the same way)

  268. UPDATE 2: University calls art project a fiction; Shvarts ’08 disputes Yale’s claim

    Shvarts stood by her project, calling the University’s statement “ultimately inaccurate.”

    … Shvarts reiterated Thursday that she repeatedly use[d] a needleless syringe to insert semen into herself. At the end of her menstrual cycle, she took abortifacient herbs to induce bleeding, she said. She said she does not know whether or not she was ever pregnant.

    “No one can say with 100-percent certainty that anything in the piece did or did not happen,” Shvarts said, “because the nature of the piece is that it did not consist of certainties.”

    One thing is certain — you are one nutty broad.

  269. Ok, so she didn’t even do it right. Shit, for decent performance art, she should at least have done her homework.

    Whatever message she was trying to convey is completely obliterated by her inability to perform the exercise with proper methodology.

    For her next endeavor, I suggest she have a period, wait 12 days (from period day 1), then inseminate herself every day for the next five days (her best bet is day 14). Then she should wait another 2-3 weeks. If she hasn’t bled yet, bingo. *Then* she should take her herbals to induce bleeding.

    But hell, 30% of the time the embryo naturally aborts anyway – it’s usually evidenced by a “late” but particularly heinous period.

    So to really make her performance art statement, she should have waited an additional 4-6 weeks. At least hit that transition point from “embryo” to “fetus”.

    She’s a loser on more counts than I originally thought. And sadly, that’s not comforting to me.

  270. Bronwyn,

    “That she inseminated herself was plausible.

    That she aborted on her own is also plausible.
    Women have been doing so with various herbal (and now chemical) concoctions for millenia.”

    “But hell, 30% of the time the embryo naturally aborts anyway – it’s usually evidenced by a “late” but particularly heinous period.”

    I completely agree. Whether she was actually successful at getting pregnant, we don’t know (chances are she wasn’t).
    Trying to explain women’s fertility and menstrual cycles to some people who are not interested in the facts is like talking to a wall.

  271. What amazes me is how many women don’t get it. I make it a priority to understand my own body.

    This comes in handy when dealing with physicians who can’t be bothered to do the same :-/

  272. So Radley, did you have the over or the under?

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