Thursday, May 05, 2005

When Universities Hold The Vagina Monologues, The Emphasis is on the Mono

Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues is one of the trendy things in today's progressive world of the self-anointed intelligentsia without which no self-respecting leftist can feel completely smug about his or her [note the gender-inclusive language here!] superiority over the unwashed masses.

But, as the hordes of PP fans who lurk at this board --- their numbers are rumored to be in the millions, if we treat 3 as approximately equal to "millions" --- have asked: Where is the equal time for the private parts of men?

Christina Hoff Sommers provides some information regarding attempts to rectify this obviously unfair situation.

The Pedantic Protestant spends a good deal of time at a Roman Catholic university, and wishes to note that what Sommers mentions regarding the flyers and political awareness campaigns surrouding Ensler's play is not an overstatement. Sommers' conclusion may be summarized as follows: Equal rights for me, but not for thee.

[This post is dedicated to the female demographic of PP readerdom. That means that this one is for you, Diane. :-) ]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the Christina Hoff Sommers article and thought that it was rather clever of the students to come up with such a satire.

The satire was probably better produced and more enjoyable than the V Monologues anyway.

I don't understand why anyone would want to go to such a play or why it would suddenly be associated with Valentine's Day. Why would anyone want to go see a screed like that on what is supposed to be a romantic holiday? Do men go to this or is it just women who are "empowered" by the experience.

None of the students that I know went to it so I'm left wondering why bother having it on a college campus. Most appeared to be annoyed or embarrassed by the subject when brought up.

Friday, May 06, 2005 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Why bother having it on a college campus? Good question.

It seems that the justification is that it reinforces the whole groupthink females-as-collective routine. You know the bit: they're oppressed, they're not paid as much, they're exploited, they're victims [yawn], and it is all society's fault, most particularly in the case where white Christian males are involved. We're the bad guys, after all.

This reminds me of those "Take Back the Night" rallies back at graduate school as well as at my current university. They're rallies basically for bashing men in the abstract and promoting leftist ideology. Oh well.

If a Pedantic Protestantte wanted the Pedantic Protestant to take her to the Monologues, that would be the deal-breaker as far as the relationship goes!! =D

Friday, May 06, 2005 1:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a "Take Back the Night" rally?

Who is taking the night back and from whom?

I must lead a very sheltered life because I've never heard of those either.

Doesn't sound like something a PPette would take a PP to (at least not if she wanted romance).

Friday, May 06, 2005 6:31:00 PM  
Anonymous 1689 said...

Last night, while I was returning from a Bible study in Orange Street Chapel, London, I was seriously impeded by a queue of people for the aforementioned theatrical performance on a London pavement. 'Final Days' the poster outside the theatre said. Why, I wondered, did they not just hurry up and close? I wanted to get to the underground, and I am (to use the liberal expression) 'mobility impaired' (I walk with a stick). Did these people get out of my way? OF COURSE NOT!!!! (and so on for fifty thousand pages)

Saturday, May 07, 2005 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Why didn't they hurry up and close? Perhaps they were too busy talking about their vaginas, men included.


Saturday, May 07, 2005 12:04:00 PM  

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