Parody of Frug Article Draws Angry Response

Law Review Spoof Leaked to the Public

The annual spoof edition of the Harvard Law Review has touched off a major protest, centered on the parody of an article by the late Mary Joe Frug.

Frug, a feminist scholar at the New England School of Law, was murdered in Cambridge last spring. Students and faculty organized a protest yesterday, harshly criticizing the parody of one of Frug's articles.

Protesters said the parody was entitled" He-Manifesto of Post-Mortem Legal Feminism" with a byline of "Mary Doe, Rigor-Mortis Professor of Law."

The Crimson was unable to obtain a copy of the spoof edition, which was distributed to a limited audience on April 4--the anniversary of Frug's murder--at a banquet honoring the recently elected president of the Review.

In a statement released by 12 third-year Law School students, the students said they became aware of the parody this Wednesday. Calling the piece "ugly, hateful," the students said it was not only insulting to Frug but representative of a trend of misogyny at the Reviewand the Law School.


"That a piece so disrespectful toward a murdered woman could go out on the anniversary of her appalling," said Kirstin S. Dodge, one of the 12 students who signed the statement, which contained several separate responses to the parody.

In addition to the statement, students held a vigil in front of Pound Hall last night. And, after seeing the written responses which detail the parody, professors and students attending a conference on critical legal studies at the Law School last night. entered a meeting of Review editors,according to several students present.

The students and professors, several of whomknew Frug personally, questioned the editors aboutthe parody.

Review staff members declined to commentlast night, referring all questions toReview President Emily R. Schulman `85.

Meeting Called

Contacted late last night, Schulman alsocriticized the parody and said Review staffmembers would meet today to discuss the issue.

"I was personally offended," Schulman said. "Ithink it is impossible to read the piece withoutbeing thoroughly insulted," she said, adding thather remarks represented the Review'sofficial position.

The spoof was published under Schulman'spresidency, although she said it was produced bythe previous editors.

David Allen, the former president of theReview, could not be reached for commentlast night. Schulman said that Allen was notresponsible for the parody, but she would bot namethose who were.

Student protesters said that the Reviewspoof was partly an attempt to undermine Schulman,the third woman to hold the journal's top post.

The students singled out for criticism CarterProfessor of General Jurisprudence Charles Fried'sintroduction of Schulman at the April 4 banquet.Fried was "toastmaster," a job that entails pokingfun at the new Review president.