Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Jehovah! Jehovah!! Jehovah!!"--uh, "Vagina! Vagina!! Vagina!!"

This is frigging pathetic. Via Susie Bright: three high school juniors were suspended for saying the word "vagina." While reading "The Vagina Monologues."

apparently now the suspension has been suspended, but even so, um:

The initial suspensions resulted after the students knowingly went against administrators' wishes and said the word "vagina" on Friday night at an open mic session sponsored by the high school literary magazine Reflections.

School administrators had asked the students to either not read the monologue or to omit the stanza in which the word "vagina" appeared, saying the word would be inappropriate for younger members of the audience who were expected to be in attendance.

But the students went ahead and together finished the line: "I declare these streets, any streets, my vagina's country."

At a news conference earlier this week, Principal Rich Leprine said the girls had been suspended not because of the content of their reading but because they had agreed not to say the word "vagina" but then did so anyway.

Stahl, however, said no such assurance had been given to administrators.

The girls were not explicit, she said, in saying before they took the microphone that they planned to go ahead and include that stanza.

"If they had asked us, 'What are you going to do?' we would have said we were going to read the poem in its entirety," Stahl said. "We didn't want to make this into something about us rebelling against the administration, because that wasn't our motive. … We just felt they had made an incorrect choice in trying to censor out the stanza with 'vagina.' "

I dunno. Ensler herself seems to be weighing in here, and that's all nice, but--Where the fuck is Lenny Bruce when you need him?


j said...

when the actual medical term for a certain part of a woman's body is declared obscene, that is nothing short of declaring women obscene.

Rootietoot said...

Would it have been better if they'd said "cunt"?

Eli said...

when the actual medical term for a certain part of a woman's body is declared obscene, that is nothing short of declaring women obscene.

You did hear about the theater that changed the name to "The Hoohah Monologues", right?

No, I'm not joking.

Also, are there Vagina Witnesses? If so, how would one go about joining them?

Anthony Kennerson said...

Goodness....I mean, what if they had brought a cat onto the stage and started chanting, "Pussy!! Pussy!! Pussy!!!"

They probably would have gotten expelled, I guess.

And I'm probably guessing that if the Vice Criminal...errrrr, Vice President....ever pays a visit to this school, and the young male conservatives over there get into an enthusuiastic chant of "Dick!!! Dick!! Dick!!"....I'm guessing that they will get the same treatment too???

The best response to these Grundys is the simplest: "Kiss my clit."


j said...

"The Hoohah Monologues"???

that just makes me want to crawl into a hole and die. :P

Rootietoot said...

The Hoohah monologues.
I bet the theater was in Central Georgia.

Hoohah Monologues and it's encore- The DingDong Dialogue.

belledame222 said...

*dies is ded*

louisa said...

the "hoohah monologues" reminds me of Kristin Chenoweth on Ellen singing "remember to breathe from your hoohoo!" in her piercing soprano.

Thus, I somehow associate TVM with musical theatre. :P

R. Mildred said...

The "hoohah monologues" reminds me of Kristin Chenoweth on Ellen singing "remember to breathe from your hoohoo!" in her piercing soprano.

Was that her soprano song about peircings, or a song she sang in her peircing soprano?

Is google and blogspot being evil to anyone else recently? YouTube rarely works, google won't even load most of the time, and I cannot log into blogger right now.

Am I alone in my misery?

Hoohah Monologues and it's encore- The DingDong Dialogue.

No no, it'd be "puppetry of the ding-a-ling" surely?

For those prudes who are okay with full frontal nudity and guys contorting their foreskins and scrotum into ungodly shapes (not least of which is the eiffel tower - and they don't come much more ungodly than that), but not okay with the technical names for body parts (in case children see them and... lust after horses I guess)

Eli said...

I think "Puppetry Of The Pee-Pee" scans better.

Bint Alshamsa said...

Thank you for scaring the bejeebus out of me with that title Belledame! I felt a panic attack coming on when I read those first three words. I had Jehovah's Witnesses knock on my door just yesterday and when they found out that I grew up as one, I had a devil of a time getting rid of them. I'd rather have Vagina Witnesses at my door anyday. They'd probably be a lot less cultish!

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