Friday, October 21, 2005

Fluttering Feminists

Last May, Yale's alumni magazine focused on religious activity on campus. The issue's cover had a cheery, relaxed photo of Yale's four chaplains--a Protestant, a Jew, a Buddhist and a Catholic. And, heck, the Protestant minister is black. The photo seems to depict a diverse yet unified campus.

But wait a minute! This is a picture of four males. In the words of one outraged alumna, the cover photo "waters down religion at Yale to a patriarchy in which students are asked to conform to the God of the old boys' network."

Heather Mac Donald counters the allegations in a fantastic Weekly Standard piece:
This is the same magazine that enthusiastically follows every latest development in Yale's women's and gender studies program, as well as in its queer studies initiatives. In the issue in which Tumminio's and Robert's letters appear, the renowned-alumnus slot goes to Debbie Stoller, the editor of Bust magazine ("For Women With Something to Get Off Their Chests") and author of Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, which inspired an international network of women's knitting groups.

If you're a stickler for equal representation, this photo on the Yale Divinity School website seems grossly offensive. Doesn't it?


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