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Promotion of Pornography
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0510  Wednesday, 15 March 2000.

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, March 13, 2000 19:08:28 -0000
Subject:        Promotion of Pornography

I propose that Richard Burt's misuse of SHAKSPER for the promotion of
commercial pornographic events be stopped.

SHAKSPER isn't a democracy-Hardy's judgement as editor / owner/
moderator is final-but if the majority feel that something is antisocial
I'm sure Hardy would respond. If Burt's postings are acceptable to the
listmembers I can simply unsubscribe to avoid them, but I'd like to be
sure Burt's not simply exploiting our collective apathy.

I should say, it's not that I simply don't want to read Burt postings
(the DELETE key would deal with that) but rather that I don't want to be
part of an intellectual community in which the degradation of women is
promoted as entertainment. (It's bad enough outside of academia, I had
hoped that inside was more enlightened.)

Gabriel Egan

[Editor's Note: The issue, it appears to me, is a judgment about what is
the promotion of commercial pornography and therefore explotation and
degradation of women and what is citation of Shakespeare in popular
culture. I ask does the citation of a cultural reference in an academic
forum constitute promotion even if that citation be exploitive, racist,
anti-Semitic, or in other ways unacceptable to some or many for one
reason or another. Should I reject a posting about a pro-Nazi, Arian
Nation production of Julius Caesar because I am anti-fascist? Should I
not post a reference to a racist version of Romeo and Juliet (they die
because people of different races should not date without their parents'
permission, especially in small religious college in the South)? I could
go on and on. Gabriel Egan believes that Richard Burt is promoting
commercial pornography. I am not convinced. Although I am considerably
busy, I will entertain private e-mail on the subject if it is marked
private and sent to me at 
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 . By way of apology, I
currently happen to be suffering a great deal of anguish because I do
not have enough time for writing the essays and reviews I have been
commissioned to write and editing my edition of Shakespeare's POEMS for
the Internet Shakespeare Editions, even though I expect to have four to
six publications this year. The major reason for my predicament is that
I am a chair of a department in an institution in which research is not
a priority and in which other factors sometimes get me down. This
anguish is one of the reasons of late that I have not been as regular
about the delivery of SHAKSPER digests as I usually am. For this I am
sorry, but I also am human. -Hardy]

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