‘On the Banality of Abortion As Art’

My classmates and teachers at Yale rightly recognize, on some level, the moral recklessness of the actions Shvarts describes, but the moral and aesthetic visions to which they are, for the most part, committed give them no rational grounds on which to condemn Shvarts’ performance. She is, if you will, a reductio ad absurdum, carrying contemporary artistic and moral ideologies past the point of politeness but not past the point of internal consistency. The Yale community is, understandably, unable to make sense of its own anger. It is a cause for sadness that, while the best and brightest of my generation can express their “outrage, shock and disgust,” they cannot think about why Shvarts was, and is, wrong.

On the Banality of Abortion As Art Ian Marcus Corbin redOrbit 9/26/08

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