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There are no words.

There are no words, when something like this is considered art:

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

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts (pictured) 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.

OK, well, the "there are no words" thing is false. There ARE words.

This is disgusting, this is vile, and I cannot believe that Yale would approve this kind of thing.

Actually, well, yes, I can believe it, but it saddens me. A lot. What is happening on these college campuses? Students seem to pretty much have free reign to do whatever they feel like doing, and there sure won't be any faculty or staff to stop them -- unless, of course, it's involving a conservative viewpoint. As long as it fits into the liberal agenda, then students can do anything, no matter how depraved.

And I have to wonder how this girl's parents feel about this. They couldn't possibly be proud, could they? I mean, what would they say? "Oh, gee, well, we're so happy that our little girl is endangering her health and sanity by giving herself multiple abortions without seeing a doctor first, and then putting her blood and the videos of her home abortions on display at school. She's just so smart, we're so proud!"

Was this girl also not concerned about her health at all? Well, that's a stupid question -- apparently not, because if she was, she would have seen a damn doctor.

Is the story about the sperm donors strange to anyone but me? I mean... so, she was "artificially inseminated", but they weren't paid for their "donation". How, exactly, did she go about acquiring it? Something seems a little off there, but maybe I'm just reading too much into it.

In any case, this is easily the most awful story I'm going to write about today -- probably this week. Yale shouldn't be allowing this to go on. Yes, this girl has freedom of speech like all the rest of us, but no one is required to go out of their way to support that -- they just can't hinder it. The university has every right to tell her they don't want this disgusting display on their campus, but we all know they won't.

That something like this is allowed to go on -- and is considered art, no less -- is a sad indicator of what our society is like today.

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

Update: Yale officials confirm that the art project is a hoax. The act of committing the hoax was the project...


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Comments (27)

Two words: sick heifer... (Below threshold)

Two words: sick heifer

I thought Yale required it'... (Below threshold)

I thought Yale required it's student to pass some sort of entrance exams, and/or provide transcripts proving they are not dumber than a box of rocks. Clearly, this one slipped through.

(The yale news website is down at the moment, too)

Man, what in the hell is wr... (Below threshold)

Man, what in the hell is wrong with this girl?

In America she enjoys freedoms not available elsewhere and she uses them like this???

Very, very sad. I just hope she hasn't done irrepairible harm to her body.

... endangering her sanity?... (Below threshold)

... endangering her sanity? The record would seem to show that it's long gone ...

But, but, but,she ... (Below threshold)

But, but, but,

she suffers for her art!

I was dismissed as an extre... (Below threshold)

I was dismissed as an extremist when I said in 2004 that it was just a matter of time before these haters turn to artificial insemination so they can bond in sister-hood and execute their "choice".

Well... they are.

I just heard( on "Jeopardy"... (Below threshold)

I just heard( on "Jeopardy" last night) that Yale was founded to combat the LIBERALISM if Harvard.

I guess it didn't work out quite the way it was intended.

To hell with her "free spee... (Below threshold)

To hell with her "free speech." To hell with her "art." This [self censored] needs mental help. And lots of prayers.

As the husband of a wife who went through the terrible trauma of a miscarriage, [#!%] this girl for doing this willfully to "inspire" "discourse."

There is no shame or morality left in this society if this girl is not kicked out of school and all of her credits cancelled. Please, libs, don't defend this.

I just hope she hasn't d... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

I just hope she hasn't done irrepairible harm to her body.

I don't.

I am going to call bull on ... (Below threshold)

I am going to call bull on this one, I have no evidence other than my gut feelings, but I still say that this is just an attention getting hoax, a sick one, but still just a hoax.

Denny - would be great if y... (Below threshold)

Denny - would be great if you're right!

I'm down with Son Of The Go... (Below threshold)

I'm down with Son Of The Godfather - I hope she has too. Motherhood is something she must avoid at all costs...

I agree with Denny. I find... (Below threshold)

I agree with Denny. I find it very hard to imagine this immature little idiot could have the ability to inseminate herself multiple times (without training) and then abort the fetus the same number of times again without training.

This waste of space is all about the shock value associated with her ruse of an art project.

God help us if she actually... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

God help us if she actually succeeded in reproducing.

It sounds like a hoax to me... (Below threshold)

It sounds like a hoax to me, but it shows mental illness in either event.

I agree this has to be a ho... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

I agree this has to be a hoax. No one can be that sick, twisted, and evil.

If she is making it up, wha... (Below threshold)

If she is making it up, what we still know is that the faculty at Yale are willing to approve an art project made of aborted children.

If for nothing else comes out of this, exposing their willingness to accept this kind of thing is good.

Where are this girl's paren... (Below threshold)

Where are this girl's parents?!? She's an adult chronologically but this kind of intentional, repetitive self-harm is not sane. For the university and her parents to stand by and do nothing is almost as disturbing as her "art".

"...a documentation of a ni... (Below threshold)

"...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"

Remember how readily conservatives (especially conservative politicians) evade the question: "What legal penalty should there be for the woman who gets an abortion?" Often they remark just before running away, "Only the doctor performing the abortion should be punished." But what do we have here: a woman getting an abortion all by herself without any doctors present!!

So yet again, conservatives, the question you fear comes back to you:


Are you up to the challenge of confronting this question head on, conservatives?

It should be how ever many ... (Below threshold)

It should be how ever many years reckless drivers get for killing an unborn fetus in a pregnant woman. I believe it's called manslaughter in some if not all states.

Herman, you are a moron.</p... (Below threshold)

Herman, you are a moron.

This does sound too sick to be real. We'll know for sure when she applies for her NEA funding ...

How many times did she get ... (Below threshold)

How many times did she get pregnant in 9 months?

With self-applied artificial insemination...

The wait until she could confirm pregnancy...

Taking the herbs or whatever to cause a miscarriage...

Waiting for her womb to "reset"... one cycle? Or are we supposed to believe she could time her first ovulation?

If she's got more than two videos and blood to display it's certainly a hoax and she's just got menstrual blood out there.

And without a doctors confirmation of pregnancy... well...

it always surprises me how ... (Below threshold)

it always surprises me how quickly people jump to name calling when something shocks or surprises them... i suppose it's a defense mechanism of some sort but don't you think it takes away from the point you are making when you call this student "an immature little idiot." to me, this is similar to the story of john howard griffin, the white journalist who dyed his skin to appear black so that he could experience racism firsthand. i wonder how many people criticized his work as harshly? not only is abortion a reality for american women, it is used by women, rich and poor, around the globe. i think the important thing is to keep inflammatory name-calling to a minimum so the issue can actually be engaged intellectually.

Instapundit linked to a lin... (Below threshold)

Instapundit linked to a link to this statement from Yale:

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.

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.

I was astounded that she re... (Below threshold)

I was astounded that she referred to the fathers as "fabricators" (among other things), as though they were simply manufacturing a toy rather than participating in the creation of life. How calloused she is. Even if this is a hoax (and I pray for her sake that it is), she must have really have a skewed view of the world. I pity her.

And for Yale to approve such a project? That really makes me scared for the future of our nation. They are supposed to be partaking in the molding of responsible world leaders, not people who will lead us down to depravity.

"raised serious mental and ... (Below threshold)

"raised serious mental and physical health concerns"

I think she's already got that aspect covered.

Anything that could elici... (Below threshold)

Anything that could elicit such virulently stupid and apoplectic responses from a horde of anti-intellectuals and philistines is definitely a work of art.

Oh look over there! Someone is beaing mean to someone with an anti-immigration stance!!

Ha! Love it!






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