Monday, November 07, 2005
Dear Rumpus: Eat Me!
We realize it may seem like a giant waste of time to post about the latest issue of the Rumpus, Yale's tabloid magazine. But it seems a disservice not to demonstrate a little outrage at its cover story, "The worst treat you'll ever eat," a one page rant on cunnilingus. If the cover image was enough to dissuade you from reading more, we understand - but here's a highlight: the description of the vagina as "the same orifice a girl uses to shoot out blood-lubed human eggs," which produces "the most horrible taste in the history of the world." As if we didn't have enough misogynistic pseudoscience in the Yale press already (see below).
What's more disturbing, however, is Dean Trachtenberg's defense of the Rumpus. According to an article in the YDN, a few disgruntled students decided to be proactive by throwing out stacks of Rumpus issues (and, no, sadly, it wasn't us). Trachtenberg argued it was a violation of free speech to toss this trash. She seems to forget the fact that the right to free speech does not include hate speech. Or perhaps she sees nothing wrong with calling women "sexually frigid," labeling Jews as inherently bad in bed, and supporting lesbian relationships only because they're fun for men to watch. At least not wrong enough to infringe on the rights of the responsible and professional Rumpus editors.
Posted by Maggie at Monday, November 07, 2005