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Catholic College Hosting Drag Show Tonight

The local "Catholic" women's college. the University of St. Catherine, is hosting a drag show tonight as part of their course Engl/Wost290W: Women and Literature, lesbian texts in context.

Apparently, according to the Cardinal Newman Society:


The radical feminist professor of a course on lesbian literature at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, is sponsoring a "Drag Show" on campus this evening, May 12. This is the third year that the event featuring lesbian themes and sexuality will occur on the Catholic campus. The event is co-sponsored by a group called PRIDE and the student government, with funding from the St. Kate's Activities Team.

Announcements of the event identify the main sponsor as "Lesbian Texts in Context," an English and Women's Studies course taught by the chair of the English Department, Cecilia Konchar Farr. In Farr's syllabus for the course, which requires reading homosexual-themed books including Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit and The Dyke and the Dybbuk, she informs students that the course "may appear to more political to you than others...Please be assured that your views... will not affect your grade (except when they are poorly articulated)." The spring semester course ends with a "Queer Graduation Party" held on May 10 and a "Final Exam: Queer Coffee" on May 17.

The recipient of a 1992 National Organization for Women "Women of Courageous Action" award, Farr received national attention in 1993 when she was dismissed from the faculty of Brigham Young University, a Mormon institution. Although herself a Mormon, Farr provoked the ire of Brigham Young officials by advocating abortion rights and other tenets of radical feminism. She spoke at a 1992 abortion rights rally in Salt Lake City, Utah, identifying herself as a faithful but "pro-choice" Mormon, and later published her speech.


How long Lord, how long?

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Niermann:

Perhaps if we all adorned ourselves with rainbow-colored sashes and disrupted the show, the Archbishop would get involved. He could ask the Vatican what to do. I'm sure they'd have some feedback for him.

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