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

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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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