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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-13-04 01:40 PM
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Ivy League nude photos . . .
here's an interesting piece about the physiological photos of Ivy League students that were taken in the 50s and 60s . . . interesting observations by the writer/researcher . . . via Metafilter . . .

http://www.tafkac.org/collegiate/ivy_league_nude_photos...

A truly breathtaking missive. What Hersey seemed to be saying was that entire generations of America's ruling class had been unwitting guinea pigs in a vast eugenic experiment run by scientists with a master-race hidden agenda. My classmate Steve Weisman, the Times editor who first called my attention to the letter, pointed out a fascinating corollary: The letter managed in a stroke to confer on some of the most overprivileged people in the world the one status distinction it seemed they'd forever be denied -- victim.

My first stop in what would turn out to be a prolonged and eventful quest for the truth about the posture photos was Professor Hersey's office in New Haven. A thoughtful, civilized scholar, Hersey did not seem prone to sensationalism. But he showed me a draft chapter from his forthcoming book on the esthetics of racism that went even further than the allegations in his letter to The Times. I was struck by one passage in particular:

"From the outset, the purpose of these 'posture photographs' was eugenic. The data accumulated, says Hooton, will eventually lead on to proposals to 'control and limit the production of inferior and useless organisms.' Some of the latter would be penalized for reproducing . . . or would be sterilized. But the real solution is to be enforced better breeding -- getting those Exeter and Harvard men together with their corresponding Wellesley, Vassar and Radcliffe girls."

In other words, a kind of eugenic dating service, "Studs" for the cultural elite. But my talk with Hersey left key questions unanswered. What was the precise relationship between theorists like Hooton and Sheldon (the man who actually took tens of thousands of those nude posture photos) and the Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools whose student bodies were photographed? Were the schools complicit or were they simply dupes? And finally: What became of the photographs?

http://www.tafkac.org/collegiate/ivy_league_nude_photos...

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seg4527 Donating Member (851 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-13-04 01:41 PM
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1. Just show us the photos!
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judge_smales Donating Member (752 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-13-04 02:05 PM
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2. Yup.

This thread is useless with out pictures.
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