Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Vagina Monologues a No Show This Year

V-Day came a went without much of an outcry over the controversial play, the Vagina Monologues, that has a tendency to boil women down to an object to be used and abused as opposed to a person who is to be loved. Femininity does not equate to the vagina alone. Anyway, the students at Notre Dame are not doing a production of the Vagina Monologues this year.

From the Article:
For the first time in eight years, Notre Dame students will not perform "The Vagina Monologues" at an on- or off-campus location.

Junior Miriam Olsen, a producer of last year's show, said the group of students in charge of organizing the production of "The Vagina Monologues" this year decided not to continue the show.

"We were not forbidden by the University to do the Monologues and we didn't give up fighting," she said.

Instead, Olsen said she, along with several other students, declined to produce the show because they believed the controversy on campus that follows the show is ultimately counterproductive to the show's purpose.

"What happened was that I, and some other people who have been involved in the past, feel like the "Monologues" are an amazing piece that talks about women's sexuality that can be very productive for Notre Dame students," she said. "But unfortunately, what happens when the "Monologues" are put on, is they turn into more of a scandal than an action piece."

I've read the play in full and though sexual abuse is an important issue at hand, the majority of the book is not about sexual abuse. It is about the strange myth that seems to be floating around that in order to be liberated one must have some kind of unrestrained sex with whomever, whenever, and wherever they are. The text itself is sophomoric at best and is on the same level of crassness as my high school locker room. And to believe that women at one point were the superior gender/sex is becoming more difficult to believe.

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