Re: Margaret Mead

Damien Broderick (
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 10:40:29 +0000

At 09:56 PM 12/21/97 -0700, Mark Fulwiler wrote:

>The current issue of Skeptic magazine (Vol. 5 No. 3) has an article by
>Derek Freeman about Margaret Mead.

The problem with this cite is its partiality. As I understand it,
Freeman's standing is hardly secure. He might well be correct - I have a
lot of sympathy for his analysis - but I'd like to see an array of
commentary from several sides of the controversy, not just Freeman
repeating himself. Incidentally, the noted Australian playwright David
Williamson recently had some success with THE HERETIC, a stage
dramatisation of the Mead-Freeman scandal (which has Freeman's imprimatur).
Williamson, formerly a sardonic but engaged chronicler of the left, has
lately been adopting a different position, with plays dealing with
malicious and deceitful claims of sexual harassment by a young female
student against her male university teacher, and the supposed failures of
`multiculturalism' and attacks on the English literature canon by evil

Damien Broderick