Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Creep: Bruce King

This week's winner of 4&20 blackbird's creep label is a Bitterroot prude and woman-hater. He submitted a letter that appeared in today's Missoulian:
Colleges are going into porn business It has been brought to my attention that the University of Montana and Montana State University appear to be going into the porn business with the stage production of the “Vagina Monologues 2006.” Haven't we got enough of porn theaters in Missoula and Hamilton (porn stores) without higher education establishments adding to the pain? Is the further degradation of womanhood to be advanced in the downward path to hell in the name of First Amendment rights? This is or will occur this year in over 284 ivory towers across the United States (even in so-called Christian schools). Further evidence in Robert Bark's apt description of America's “Slouching Toward Gomorrah.”
First, I didn't know there were porn theaters in Missoula and Hamilton! Thanks for the info, Bruce! (Apparently Bruce wants to limit access to porn to creepy men.) Second, I want to thank Bruce for underscoring my points about conservatism and women's sexuality. That a play whose aim is to make women comfortable about their bodies and sexuality is considered "porn" by the squeamish only shows how hard some men are working to keep their women "pure," "virginal," and home. Third, a note to Bruce: the "Vagina Monologues" has been running for, um, what? Fifteen years? Twenty? And has been performed at UMT regularly for at least ten. Fourth: That's Robert Bork, not "Bark." 'Nuff said about that particular source. And my last point about this letter: this is what happens in the wake of an abortion ban. Attacks on women. Ask yourself, why has this man waited ten years to write his angry letter? That's because the right is on a campaign to destroy the Monologues. Sure, the Monologues aren't perfect. For one, the play implies that violence towards women is easing and that there's progress in the women's movement. But the play is funny and celebrates love, sex, and the spirit of individuality. These are good things.
The anti-women content of the letter is certainly bad, but I think the theocratic tinge to the second paragraph bothers me more.

I wonder how the Missoulian missed "Bark"? Seems like a pretty obvious error to me.
Does the newspaper usually correct the misquotes of its letter-writers?
I don't know, but I don't see why they wouldn't correct this one. I suppose it's probably not a typo, but it's pretty clear that he meant "Bork."
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