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Re: *Shrew* and the Rule of Thumb
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0671.  Thursday, 11 August 1994.
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Aug 1994 09:52:06 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0667 Re: *Shrew* and the Rule of Thumb
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Aug 94 14:00:19 EDT
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From:           Christine Gilmore <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Aug 1994 09:52:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 5.0667 Re: *Shrew* and the Rule of Thumb
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0667 Re: *Shrew* and the Rule of Thumb
 
In re: to Diana Rhoads' comment on The Taming of the Shrew and Domestic
Violence of August 9th.
 
I suggest that Christina Hoff Sommer's "Who Stole Feminism?" is not a
sufficient source on this topic.  It may well be true that this notorious bit
of common law, the "rule of thumb" is nowhere provable, but I must question the
motivations of the quoted "authority," who is a well-known anti-feminist
feminist.  She's a professor of philosophy at Clark College, I think, and I've
used sections of of her anthology on ethics in classes, but I first heard her
on NPR where she attempted to present evidence that elementary school girls
were not under-called upon in schools.  She further claimed that in her own
classes the women do not have any difficulty in being heard over the men.  I
submit she wouldn't recognize sex discrimination if it hit her on the head
simply because it isn't politically tenable for her.  She's kind of an academic
Camille Paglia, who is always called to appear on shows where she claims that
feminism now is merely about claiming oneself a victim.  Therefore, she is
always battling "feminists."  I guess this a bit too far off the topic of
Shakespeare, but I just want to mention this, not merely as ad hominem (which I
admit it is) rather as a reminder that some "authorities" carry more weight
than others.
 
Christine Gilmore
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Aug 94 14:00:19 EDT
Subject: 5.0667  Re: *Shrew* and the Rule of Thumb
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0667  Re: *Shrew* and the Rule of Thumb
 
Will we never get over thinking dramatic characters are real people living in
our time?
 

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