Tuesday, March 04, 2003


A little over a week ago, the Harvard University male crew team made a snow sculpture of an erect human penis. Now, aside from matters of taste and propriety (things not usually associated with Harvard for the last 35 years or so…), you would not think that the urbane, sophisticated student body there would not have a problem with this fun and frosty phallus. But… you’d be wrong snow blower breath.

In fact, some people were violated. Well… some women were violated. Well… at least one woman FELT violated. So, she decided to take the matter into her own hands… so to speak. She destroyed the offending member.

“It was offensive because it was pornographic.” said the Undergraduate Elena Bobbitt wannabe, “As a feminist, pornography is degrading to women and creates a violent atmosphere. Men think they have the right to force that on you,” she said. “It’s a logical extension.”

Now, I have no problem with this young lady being offended. I don’t even have a problem with her turning her offense into action by tearing down the snow pee pee. The postmodern polemic after the fact… now that I have a problem with. You can excuse her for this because of her youth and inexperience.

However, Harvard being Harvard, this is not where it ended. No… this is a job for… reverb please… WOMEN’S STUDIES! Diane L. Rosenfeld, who teaches Women, Violence and the Law, had this to say:

“The ice sculpture was erected in a public space, one that should be free from menacing reminders of women’s sexual vulnerability,”

She said the snow penis follows a long line of public phallic symbols, including the Washington Monument and missiles. “Women do not need to be reminded of the power of the symbol of the male genitalia,” Rosenfeld said. “My guess is that they are constantly reminded of it in daily messages.”

This feminist faux prudery just gets me. If you are over 18, smart enough to get into Harvard and the sight of an angry willie made of snow is enough to menace you, you have got some serious issues. You can’t really blame the girl though. You can tell by her comments that she has more than likely been fed a constant diet of the “all sex is a form of violence” femivictimist line.

This is how a boyish prank and a girlish “oh ick” reaction, turns into an example of PC gender politics. And you know, I would have had tremendous respect for the coed if she had knocked the thing down and simply said: “Yeah I did it. I found it childish and tasteless.” Now THAT’S real empowerment.


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