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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Free Testaclese

Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues is not in my opinion a great work of art. It’s a crude, endorses the delinquency of minors, preaches of heaven of date rape and is chock full of sexist drivel. Of course since it’s all done by women the play has gained a prominence on college campuses as a virtuous must see work that it otherwise would never have achieved. The idea is that it’s performance is meant to empower women but what it says to me is that men are all awful worthless pigs and we women can be just as awful as them. But hey, it’s a free country so whatever.

Here is a tale of a group of people at Roger Williams Univeristy that don’t care for the obnoxious actions of the Vagina Monologues crowd and have taken to mocking them with The Penis Monologues. I’d say don’t get your panties in a bind but young college kids got to vent at the man (or woman in this case) so have your fun, after all turn about is fair play. Right? Well not at Roger Williams. There you get in deep trouble for challenging the accepted thought patterns. Interesting to think that the administrators of today who would in their college days riot, loot, storm and occupy buildings among other disruptive tactics all to challenge the system are now so quick to punish those who offer a much lower level of challenge to their own scared cows.

This is offensive enough to merit punishment while 40ft inflatable viginas are oki doki.Posted by Hello


At May 07, 2005 3:00 AM, Blogger The Evil Jeremy. said...

Oh Yeah? I've actually been to the Vagina Monologues here at UNCW. about 1,000 estrogen-drunk shrieking women and 30 nervous-looking boyfriends with their feminist girlfriends. It was interesting stuff, without question. I'd get confused looks when I told them I was there by myself supporting the battered women's shelter and a fellow English grad student (who did the spoken word "cunt" bit. Look--it's a blog! I can write whatever I want! How blogs and colleges are different is no doubt the subject of a future post.) Anyway, I'd get that head-tilted-sideways confused-dog look when I told them that. I don't think they could understand how after they'd gone so far out of their way to be offensive to men in every way, any of them would show up uncoerced. They probably had a good point.

Oh, yeah, they've sanitized it so now it's merely a sixteen-year-old girl being molested, not thirteen. But again, how would that play if it had been a man? So felonies are okay for lesbians? Is that our moral?

But the best part of it all was when women civillian casualties in Iraq were included in the "violence against women" section in the end--as if GPS bombs were programmed to avoid Y chromosomes, or women preferred being fed into shredders and gang-raped by Baathists. Interesting logic.

But back to your point--imagine any other setting besides a university in which an exact parody of a work of art is considered obscene while the work is not. It's like saying that gay porn posted in campus buildings would be fine, but straight porn would not.

Wait a second, that's kind of what they're already saying. Never mind.

At May 07, 2005 10:14 AM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

God Bless America!!! Where does one allocate a 6' penis costume? I'd love to hit the bars one Friday night wearing that.

Our colleges are infested with cultural Marxists, and unfortunately for the Democrats, they've hijacked the Democratic party. Some of their manner of thinking gets diluted by the time it hits the news, not in the purity of their convictions, but in the language used in front of the cameras.

Want to know why these people can't win elections? Have you ever been to or heard audio from a "Woman's Rights" rally? Funny how they seem to think that the only relevant challenge to "Women's Rights" is abortion. After listening to them shriek and scream for a half hour or so, any thinking person would be reluctant to trust them with any amount of power.

I heard that story on Rush. Laughed so hard I could barely drive. Thanks for posting it!

At May 09, 2005 5:32 PM, Anonymous claudia said...

Uh, yeah I've been to women's rights events...have you? It was mostly about the fact that women still make less money than men for the same work, deal with a lack of affordable child care, forty four million Americans are without health care...and more. And yes, reproduction choices are part of the agenda, but certainly not the whole thing.
And not to be the most uptight feminazi ever or anything...but does anyone else think it's in poor taste to joke about abortion? Like it's something women do for fun? Only a man would ever think such a thought, or find it amusing.

At May 10, 2005 3:56 AM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

Woah baby... who's been lying to you...

According to the IRS, when comparing men and women who hold similar jobs, WOMEN make MORE MONEY... or at least the same amount. Check it out!

and about men joking about abortions... have you seen the t-shirts? "I Had An Abortion"... it might as well have said, "I killed my baby today, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!"

At May 10, 2005 4:12 AM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

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At May 10, 2005 4:14 AM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

i meant to say it was the Census Bureau... the link is here.

Check it out!

At May 10, 2005 4:17 PM, Blogger The Evil Jeremy. said...

Actually, Claudia, that's a pretty interesting link to a column from conservative-but-liberally-respected John Leo. I hope you get a chance to read it and offer some feedback.

At May 11, 2005 7:51 AM, Blogger Dublin Saab said...

If drawing attention to issues pertaining to women is the honest goal of the VM then they are an abject failure as the VM does not but draw attention to itself and alienate many who come in contact.

At May 11, 2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Nightcrawler said...

I personally have no qualms with vaginas, but I can think of better things to do than listen to a bunch of militant lesbians shrieking about theirs. What a waste. Now, if you could include a sampling of various types at the end...

At May 15, 2005 8:16 PM, Anonymous claudia said...

DS - I didn't say anything about the Vagina Monologues, b/c I haven't seen it.
NC - interesting stats about women and pay. I hadn't heard those. I noticed, however, that childless, single women make as much as men. The author didn't comment on married women and/or mothers. I would guess they still make less than married men/fathers, who don't usually have to forgo work to care for children, while mothers almost always do. Hence the lack of affordable childcare being such a big issue. I'm not saying women should HAVE to work or HAVE to be stay-at-home moms, they should have the option of either, or a combination. THAT is what feminism is really about.
As for the abortion t-shirt, yes, I've heard of it, but have never seen anyone wear it. Not even the most militant feminist I know thinks that's funny, or a positive statement about women. Your generalizations about women, and feminists in particular, are disheartening.

At May 20, 2005 10:12 AM, Blogger Natalie said...

I've just seen the VM on HBO -- I thought it was very thought provoking. I didn't seen any militant lesbians. Can we use less of the word militant?
Feminism is just like anything else -- there is a range of views within it and people who aren't in just lump them together.
I went to the March for Women's Lives last year although I my stated stance is Pro-Birth Control. I don't like rhetoric about abortion on demand, and I don't like that T-shirt. It's just enraging the people who have a different opinion while not exhibiting any helpful ideas.
The reason reproduction is a major women's issue is that besides a continual biological issues, it's one of our historical ones as well. What are women for? It's changed radical in the last century and a half, but there's a long time where they were for bearing and raising children.
Hence, women = sex = children = continuation of life. Now we need to figure out where we fit in, all while dodging sexual predators, people who don't think we can hack the hard sciences, people who think we need to get married to be happy, people who think it's time for us to have kids, people who think we can't get promoted because we may have kids at any time, and finally, people who are unsympathetic to women despite the fact that they have probably benefited from the work, love or service of one recently.


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