So spoke the President of Duke at the start of the Duke Lacrosse Hoax/Frame. The moral indignation of Duke's Administration & Faculty over the hiring of two exotic dancers by the Lacrosse team was strident in March-April 2006.
Karla F.C. Holloway, a professor of English and African-American studies at Duke, published a reflection on the incident titled "Coda: Bodies of Evidence" her on-line essay is described in this article, Duke's Tenured Vigilantes by the Weekly Standard.
Karla Holloway's online essay was replete with imagery derived from this lurid antebellum template. She described the accuser and her fellow stripper as "kneeling" in "service to" white male "presumption of privilege," and as "bodies available for taunt and tirade, whim and whisper" in "the subaltern spaces of university life and culture." On April 13, Wahneema Lubiano, a Duke literature professor, wrote in another online article, "I understand the impulse of those outraged and who see the alleged offenders as the exemplars of the upper end of the class hierarchy, the politically dominant race and ethnicity, the dominant gender, the dominant sexuality, and the dominant social group on campus."
One would think that Duke would have learned its lesson from the humiliation of its handling of this affair. However we have learned to never under estimate the insularity of Duke. So while the nation watched the Super Bowl Sunday night 300 Duke students and faculty members watched a sex worker's "Art" Show
Sex Workers Art Show at the Duke's Reynolds Theater
Jay Schain of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy gave us the details of the Sex Show.
The performers did not just take their clothes off – and the actual nudity part of the show was rather tame. But mere nudity could hardly compare with a show that began with the Art Show’s founder and announcer, Annie Oakley, imploring the audience to stand up and shout “I take it up the butt!” Some other highlights, or lowlights if you prefer, included:
A transvestite, naked except for some strategically placed tape, with the words “F___ Bush” painted on his chest, kneeled on all fours and lit a sparkler protruding out of his rectum with “America the Beautiful” playing.
A bare-breasted stripper sang a lewd song about Saint Bridget of Ireland, with lyrics mocking the act of ascension as she climbed to the top of a stripper’s pole.
A stripper, in the guise of a U.S. flag-draped Lady Justice, emptied coins out of her scales, pulled dollar bills out of her clothes as she removed them, and yanked a string of dollar bills out of her posterior as the sound system played Dolly Parton’s version of “God Bless the U.S.A.” She ended her act by saluting and holding up her middle finger to the crowd. The announcer referred to it as her “Infamous Patriot Act.” Her most private area was kept covered by a small American flag.
A porn actress read a series of prose-poems. In one, entitled “Spit,” she described how another actress spit into her eye and then licked it out. Another, called “Staph,” was about an infection on her genitals.
A dominatrix donned a large, “strap-on” male sex organ, and pretended to masturbate while the crowd was urged to shout “faster, faster,” in Chinese.
So where was the Administration? Kenneth Larrey, President of the Duke Students for an Ethical Duke, sought an answer.
According to Larrey, Duke president Richard Brodhead “appeared to act as if he didn’t want to know” when Larrey tried to bring up the apparent contradiction between the school’s action’s and the regulations against the hiring of strippers. Larrey said provost Peter Lange spoke to him several days before the show and said that the organizers went through the correct processes for the Sex Workers to appear on campus, and that it would be “censorious” to rescind the school’s permission at that point. He also said that there was a big difference between the Sex Workers Art Show and the hiring of strippers by the Duke lacrosse team in 2006. Larrey did not say whether the provost specified what that difference was. Larrey also contacted the campus police on the day of the event to check on whether the policy would be enforced. He was informed that the show was sanctioned by the college.
LieStoppers applauds Duke Students for an Ethical Duke. Ken Larrey has become a voice of reason for Duke students. We urge our readers to check their Blog frequently for new updates. There are rumours of video clips!
As for those Duke Faculty members who sponsored this sex show we are reminded of the words of Napoleon the Pig in Animal Farm by George Orwell.
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
Hat Tip: Ken Larrey, Jay Schain