The Va*i*a Monologues


Are we here again?

First scrotum, and now vagina?

Ok, let me go check on-line, popular, dictionary or encyclopedias, to see if they are horrible, or in fact, medical, scientific words….because I am pretty angry that an author and now three young teens pay the price for the rest of us exercising civil liberties….

Yup, wikipedia has got it

and wikipedia has it again

Ooops, even Webster’s has it?


6 thoughts on “The Va*i*a Monologues

  1. Oh dear. The creeping threat of words that describe body parts. It’s getting mighty dangerous out there! I missed the whole vagina controversy, SurfaceEarth. What happened?

  2. Fox News Article

    Schoolgirls Suspended for Saying ‘Vagina’ During Reading of ‘Vagina Monologues’

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    CROSS RIVER, New York — A public high school has suspended three girls who disobeyed officials by saying the word “vagina” during a reading from a well-known feminist play.

    The students, Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and Hannah Levinson, included the word during their reading of “The Vagina Monologues” because, “It wasn’t crude and it wasn’t inappropriate and it was very real and very pure,” Reback said.

    Their defiant stand is being applauded by the play’s author, who said Tuesday that the school should be celebrating, rather than punishing, the three juniors.

    “Don’t we want our children to resist authority when it’s not appropriate and wise?” said Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues.”

    The excerpt from “Monologues” was read Friday night, among various readings at an event sponsored by the literary magazine at John Jay High School in Cross River, a New York City suburb. Among the other readings was a student’s original work and the football coach quoting Shakespeare.

    The girls took turns reading the excerpt until they came to the word, then said it together.

    “My short skirt is a liberation flag in the women’s army,” they read. “I declare these streets, any streets, my vagina’s country.”

    The play, presented as various women’s thoughts about sexual subjects, has become a phenomenon since its Off-Broadway opening in 1996. All-star readings are common, and on “V-Day” each year — usually Feb. 14— it is often performed by volunteers and college students to battle violence against women.

    The suspension outraged some parents, who circulated an e-mail calling the punishment a “blatant attempt at censorship.”

    But Principal Richard Leprine said Tuesday that the girls were punished because they disobeyed orders, not because of what they said.

    The event was open to the community, including children, and the word was not appropriate, Leprine said in a statement. He said the girls had been told when they auditioned that they could not use the word.

    The school “recognizes and respects student freedom of expression,” Leprine said. “That right, however, is not unfettered.”

    “When a student is told by faculty members not to present specified material because of the composition of the audience and they agree to do so, it is expected that the commitment will be honored and the directive will be followed,” he said. “When a student chooses not to follow the directive, consequences follow.”

    Bob Lichtenfeld, superintendent of the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, which includes John Jay, said that had the teens, who are in their third year of high school, wanted to perform the play, they would probably not have encountered opposition.

    “As long as the intended audience knows what to expect, we don’t have a problem with it.”

    Reback told The Journal News, “I think almost everyone can agree it’s important to uphold the integrity of literature and not change or alter it.” Ensler said the girls were right for “standing up for art and against censorship.”

    “The school’s position is absurd, a throwback to the Dark Ages,” she said. “So what, if children were to hear the word? Would that be terrible? We’re not talking about plutonium here, or acid rain, a word that destroys lives. It’s a body part!”

    “Monologue” performances occasionally provoke controversy.

    Conservative Catholics criticized the University of Notre Dame’s decision to allow a performance on campus last April. This year, student planners could not get an academic sponsor.

  3. Addendum:

    I hesitated, putting the words on to this site.

    They are objectionable for certain circumstances and ages.

    But the reasons are….what?

    What are the reasons?

    If we do not have a center that resonates in faith, in God within or without, then mostly, we lean to Science.

    I for one am not convinced that the two are divorced.

    So, it brings me back to why I posted it. Yes, I have learned, the teenage girls were allegedly punished for insubordination. Being told not to use the words, yet, doing so anyway.

    What is so scary about those words? What within a prohibition of those words protects our children?

  4. Granted, many people are put off or over sensitive to that word. Since you camouflaged the word in the blog entry, I suspect you too may be a bit sensitive to the word. And that’s fine.

    The issue here was not the use of the word “vagina”; rather it was the girls breaking an agreement with the school or program administrator. These young women understood, and agreed, that they could recite the work only if the word “vagina” was not articulated. I can imagine that, for the same reasons, the school would have asked for the same assurances had it been the “n-word”.

    In my view, the only truly bad example in this case are from those adults that would have our young men and women learn that it is ok to deliberately deceive and break a contract with someone, and in doing so completely disregarding the concerns of the other party, in order to get their way.

    Keep in mind that old saying; “you reap what you sow.”

  5. Case in point. Would like to believe the asteriks were first put in as a play on words, i.e. they were prohibited from saying them. But I grew up in an era where yes, we steered clear of using dictionary defined terms.

    You bring up a different point also, the breaking of the contract. I agree. If you give your word, don’t go back on it, or don’t give your word to begin with.

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