College students on spring break notoriously scram from campus this time of year to places warm in temperature and hot in activity. Televised scenes from Florida, Texas and Mexican resorts and beaches aren't always the most wholesome. The "Girls Gone Wild" videos come to mind. But if you're looking for the good times on the cheap, our very own College of William and Mary is doing its part to keep your costs down in this sour economic climate — and using parents' tuition money to do so. After all, why spend $1,275 in the classroom, for legitimate co-curricular or extra-curricular and fulfilling activities, or scholarly exhibits, when you can bring in child porn?
Naive to think tuition money should actually go to academics? What do they expect at W&M? After all, it has made the news for all the wrong reasons in recent years, as host of the infamous "Sex Workers' Art Show" (here), an exhibition that includes performances by strippers and prostitutes.
That show is about to make a return campus engagement. But now the College is complementing that smut with something called "The Century Project" which may sound academic or historic, but don't be misled.
Starting today, "The Century Project" will be on display for one week in W&M's Muscarelle Art Museum, although "art" would be a generous term. Created by a former Newsweek and Life photographer, Frank Cordelle, and invited to the College this year by a senior who herself posed nude for Mr. Cordelle when she was 17, "The Century Project" displays photographs of naked women from birth to age 94 (hence "century").
Many of the photographed women have been through traumatic situations including breast cancer, rape, abuse and anorexia, and pose naked for this project to somehow mentally "conquer" their past and to promote a "healthy alternative to the way in which women are represented in the media."
Now that's an ironic touch. The media is dominated by colleagues of Mr. Cordelle who share his liberal mindset, whether news media or entertainment media. So who exactly is he blaming? Besides, it's people like Mr. Cordelle who ridicule as "backward" media and entertainment that portray women as wholesome and in traditional roles.
But Mr. Cordelle has a dual agenda, because the most disturbing aspect of "The Centruy Project" are the photographs of girls from birth to age 17, which are blatant child pornography. He rationalizes that the pictures of naked minors are not overtly sexual and thus are legal, claiming, "the entire female life cycle . . . doesn't begin at age 18" and admits that his photographs are "a valuable tool for sociopolitical purposes."
Huh? Here's another irony: Aren't liberals supposed to be "for the children"? How is this anything but exploitative and damaging to children? Which is the brazen side here and why should parents unknowingly have their money used for an admitted political purpose? Of course it's difficult to attack such a cryptic political purpose, no matter how bizarre or exploitative. So we'd like to know what exactly about female minors imparts a political statement that he needs to display naked photos of them? What is W&M and its administration trying to say — or sanction?
First, removing the Cross from Wrenn Chapel and whitewashing history and faith, then turning the campus over to the porn industry, and now to child porn. Maybe Key West isn't the worst option this spring break after all.