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Re: Nude Hamlet and PC
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0726.  Monday, 12 September 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Saturday, 10 Sep 94 14:57:54 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 5.0718
 
(2)     From:   David Joseph Kathman <
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        Date:   Saturday, 10 Sep 94 16:00:59 CDT
        Subj:   Nude Hamlet and "PC"
 
 
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Saturday, 10 Sep 94 14:57:54 -0500
Subject: Comment:        SHK 5.0718
 
I think that both Harry Hill and Tom Berger are misreading Barbara Correll's
concerns about the nude Hamlet which none of us have seen. I see her concern as
a legitimate one regarding the way in which the deaths of young women are often
eroticized, while at the same time other sorts of erotic expression
(particularly those outside the hetero mainstream) are disturbing. I might well
find both moments in the production Pedro Doria describes moving (unless the
acting was really as bad as he reports it), or neither. We all will respond
differently. Barbara is simply asking us to think a bit about the implications
of one of these acts being beautiful and the other not, given what is actually
happening.
 
With respect for everyone's opinions,
Chris Gordon (female, straight, feminist, and other categories too numerous to
mention)
 
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From:           David Joseph Kathman <
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Date:           Saturday, 10 Sep 94 16:00:59 CDT
Subject:        Nude Hamlet and "PC"
 
Oh, come on, people.  Harry Hill and now Tom Berger have indignantly accused
Barbara Correll of being "PC" and indulging in "correct-think" for her posting
on Nude Hamlet, but I just don't see it.  I'd be among the first to poke fun
and/or be alarmed at the excesses of those who want to stifle "non-PC"
viewpoints and areas of discussion (and Lord knows there are plenty of such
people, however well-intentioned), but I thought Ms. Correll's post was very
reasonable and level-headed, as opposed to the nasty and (dare I say it?)
self-righteous tones of Hill and Berger. I might be willing to consider
reasoned objections to views expressed on this list (that's what it's for,
right --- discussion?), but cut the venom, guys, and grow up.
 
Dave Kathman

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