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same old drag

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 03, 2007

Santa Clara's university in the Jesuit tradition is seeking new ways to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae and expand the horizons of its students.

May GASPED and GALA have your attention, ladies and gentlemen -- or ladies dressed as gentlemen -- or gentlemen dressed as ladies? The 6th annual Santa Clara Drag Show will be breaking down gender stereotypes left and right, say participants and organizers, tomorrow, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the California Mission Room. ...

You want to shatter Uncle Di's gender stereotypes of California students, boys and girls? Try this. Men: get up and go to 6:00 Mass. Women: make it to confession twice a week.

Representatives from Gay & Straight People for the Education of Diversity and Gay and Lesbian Alliance, as well as from Santa Clara Community Action Program, say they have worked hard to ensure that this year's show incorporates more elements of education about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual/two-spirited and queer/questioning communities. This year, skits and interviews about the history of transgender prejudice that will be incorporated into the show.

That's to say, heels and feather boas are giving way to feather boas and heels. Feel the creativity. We've grown.

Max Voltage, who is responsible for starting the Drag Show at Santa Clara, said to performers, "Take risks, push boundaries, challenge your audience. But also, find that line to walk, between risky art and oppressive crap," in an essay written for The Third National Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Ally Conference for Jesuit Colleges.

Lost me here, Max. In this context, what qualifies as "risky" art? What could a progressive student at a Jesuit college conceivably put at risk, however he spoke, whatever he did? Where in the soap bubble of undergraduate life would he encounter a person with the will, much less the authority, to deprive him of any liberty, or privilege, or satisfaction? To find an adult with a coherent view of human dignity that excluded the transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, and queer/questioning project, he'd have to make his way off-campus to a mosque or a pentecostal church. Not impossible, but hardly a live risk.

The conference, which was hosted at Santa Clara last summer, is held for Jesuit universities to facilitate discussion and action within the LGBTQ communities. According to Voltage, if performers, or "stars," as they are referred to in planning meetings, are successful, they will empower both men and women without demeaning either gender with sexist or oppressive stereotypes.

A dead limb doesn't twitch when the doctor pricks it, and some ideologues have a wooden humorlessness that no irony can goad back to life. The rebellion against sexist/oppressive stereotypes is itself so stereotyped as to collapse onto itself with a thud. That was your horizon that got expanded yesterday evening, wasn't it, Mister Voltage?

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  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 10:04 PM ET USA

    What can one say about the Jesuits that has not already been said? Daily they prove most critiques correct. There are some outstanding men left but shut off from positions of influence. Some are simply put out to pasture or their own devices and supported as long as they do not make any waves. The up coming congregation is a critical time for the Pope. The "new" Jesuits think he had better watch his step and leave them alone.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 7:25 PM ET USA

    We got the "Discalced Carmelites" - maybe we could get the "Non-Activist Jesuits"? "Max Voltage" (HA! that has *got* to be a "nom de theatre") fancies himself quite the rebel and groundbreaker. But it sounds like "oppressive crap" is far more apt than "risky art". I'm sure the Santa Clara student body will turn out en masse for this innovative tour de force.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 3:24 PM ET USA

    I agree with Gino. The Pope has a good oportunity to do something in the upcomming General Congregation of the Jesuits. Start a reform order of the strict observance. There would not even have to be a new constitution. The old one would work quite well. The down fall of the Society has been judicial activism. De facto re-interpretation of the rules under "the spirit of the council." Better said: judical passivism - superiors refused to ref the game and handed the whistle to the players.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 1:18 PM ET USA

    There is no more Society of Jesus! The few Jesuits who are orthodox should start a new order. The ones who are left would probably become Episcopal. Saint Ignatius would definitely approve. We used to call the Jesuits, God's shock troops. They definitely are not "Shock Troops"; they are SHOCKING to all orthodox Catholics. It is definitely time for the Vatican to act!

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 12:23 PM ET USA

    May I have some oppressive crap please?

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 12:00 PM ET USA

    Quousque tandem abutere, O Societas Iesu, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam perfidia ista tua nos eludet? ... "In the Jesuit tradition...." St. Ignatius is turning over in his grave.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 7:26 AM ET USA

    Just a heads up that the House of Representatives voted 237-180 yesterday to expand federal hate crimes law to include articles such as this as hate crimes. We could all soon be criminals in the eyes of the feds for speaking out in opposition to the continued pollution of our Church, culture and country by groups like GASPED and GALA.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 9:39 PM ET USA

    Amen to "special ops sacerdos"!

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 9:22 PM ET USA

    Maybe Martin and Julian, discussed in "None Too Soon" , will serve as guest presenters...er...make that "stars". I agree. It is time for Rome to bring the Jesuits (the majority of them anyhow) to a screeching halt. Lay down the rules, settle for nothing less than an oath of obedience, re-admit those who will conform, and cast the remainder adrift....they already are adrift after all. At the same time take "Catholic" out of the name of most so-called "Catholic" colleges & universities.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 8:29 PM ET USA

    The Vatican will continue to react to leftist attacks as they pick up intensity in Italy and Europe. Eventually, the Vatican will force the American bishops to toe the line on the subjects of abortion, homosexuality and other points on the left's agenda. The Holy Father cannot be oblivious to the almost complete dominination of the Jesuits by marxists and associated left wingers. He will take action to rectify the situation within the next year. That's my prediction, for what it is worth

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 7:49 PM ET USA

    Well, they got the "crap" part right!

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 7:34 PM ET USA

    Is this not enough evidence for the Holy Father to Re-form the Jesuits? Pope Benedict XVI can suppress the Jesuits, then demand that all members sign an oath of absolute obedience to the Church, Magisterium & Holy Father; then, the Holy Father can appoint orthodox- traditional-obedient-to-the-Faith Jesuits (eg Frs. Fessio, SJ, Shaughnessy, SJ, & others) to lead the Jesuits in a Reform of the Reform. Simply put, the Holy Father can directly clean the stables of the Society of Jesus, AMDG.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 7:19 PM ET USA

    My hat's off to you Uncle Di. You ARE right, .... "collapse onto itself with a thud". I used to be so upset when I read this stuff, but now I realize that this too will pass. Just as the hippie sixies, the fluffy 70's, etc. One day we as humans will run through all the tricks of the trickster and will wake up. Some we may go through 40 or 50 times. But in the end, God truly is in control. He holds all in His hands. We just think we do.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 5:04 PM ET USA

    More fruits from the Land O'Lakes Agreement which secularized Catholic colleges. Now we continue to pay the price. Is there a bishop anywhere around?

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 4:29 PM ET USA

    This makes me very sad. Is there anything the Jesuits can add that would explain to me how any of this is God's revelation?

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 3:33 PM ET USA

    "...they will empower both men and women without demeaning either gender..." This assumes in the eyes of the neo-sexual devolutionists that there are but two genders, when in fact, if one even remotely follows this 21st Century Satyricon adaptation, there may be many--albeit mixed up by the primary two--rather like mixing two primary color dyes for what we used to call Easter eggs before Easter became an offensive term for the new secular humanists.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 3:21 PM ET USA

    Homosexual men aren't men who act like women, they're men who act like teenage girls.

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