2.23.2006

Vagina week

Who knew that empowerment was a vagina-shaped cookie? I certainly wouldn't have thought it was, but that seems to be the premise of Vagina Week, a week of weird signs posted around campus, anatomical cookies, and two performances of The Vagina Monologues. Some of the signs:
Looking at your vagina is a full day's work -Not to be at all obscene, but unless you have a conveniently placed mirror, that would require some uncomfortable contortions to stay in all day.
Are you worried about your Vagina? We are. No, not really, and please don't be, that's just weird.
If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear? -I honestly have nothing to say to this. Who actually buys that this is true empowerment?
When did we, as a campus culture, decide that the best thing we could do for women was put on a badly written, bile-spewing, venomously man-hating, vulgar play, and encourage young women to identify their worth based on their sexual organs? "Look how empowered I am, I can say vagina! I can shout it, even!" Doesn't this strike anyone else as entirely counter-productive? I thought feminism hated the portrayal of women in media, because it shows women as sexual objects. Does it make the world any better when we say that instead of women being portrayed as entirely sexual for men's pleasure, they are expected to see themselves as entirely sexual for the sake of empowerment? Either way, a woman is seen as nothing more than sexual. I'm not denying that a woman's (or a man's) sexuality plays an important role in their identity, but we aren't helping women (or men) when we say that she ought to be able to "find herself" based on her ability to receive sexual pleasure. Especially when the play that claims to be so empowering makes its point at the expense of men, portraying them as vicious, brutal, insensitive, etc.
Here's a funny idea. If we want to celebrate something, let's celebrate the female intellect. After all, female sexuality has already been both celebrated and exploited for generations. If we want to move forward, we need to start moving past that. And whatever we do, let's not celebrate at the expense of men. We can praise the accomplishments of women without putting men down, something Eve Ensler and her minions in the Women's Studies program don't seem to understand.
A final thought; why don't more colleges offer free classes/seminars on financial management? With more of us graduating in debt, and with fewer or worse job prospects than past generations of college graduates, I think it's something we should all be learning more about. Especially because it is a topic generally neglected in high school, so the only people who learn about money are those who major in it. So let's spread that knowledge around a little. Now that's empowerment.
-The Quartermaster

8 Comments:

  • Man-hating?

    OH DO explain...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 PM  

  • I for one am VERY concerned about the female sex organ... lol!

    Great post. Perhaps you can debate with my resident Communist, Dan Trabue, on whether or not professors on college campi are largely Communist.

    By Blogger Nightcrawler, at 2:25 AM  

  • Anonymous,
    I only call it "man-hating" because every man in it is portrayed in an overwhelmingly negative light. If a play were produced that showed all the female characters as vicious, cruel, heartless, brutish, or just bimbos, it would undoubtably be labeled misogynistic, and rightly so.
    -The Quartermaster

    By Blogger The Triumvirate, at 8:43 AM  

  • There's actually a monologue entitled "Because He Liked To Look At It..." in which a man helps a woman to discover herself.

    Have any of you three actually read, heard, or seen the Vagina Monologues?

    The bulk of the music, television, film, and advertising agencies are entirely over-sexualized and derogatory towards women. This is one play performed on a MUCH smaller-scale than any of the aforementioned medium and you want to point fingers at feminists for portraying men in a different manner than what we see day to day?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:09 AM  

  • Anonymous,
    I think I remember the monlogue you're talking about. If I recall correctly, the entire premise of that one was that the man is a positive character only in his obsession with the woman's vagina. Not with her intellect, her conversational ability, her kindness, her compassion, her positive character traits; he's just obsessed with her sex organs. Can you explain to me how this is at all empowering? And his character is far from positive: he's "not attractive" "not particularly bright" and "not very funny".
    My favorite monologue would have to be the one where the 13 year-old girl is seduced by an older woman, and the experience is described as "good rape". Tell me that this is empowering.
    I'll admit, I have yet to read the whole thing. Mostly because every time I do I want to cry at how stupid it is (not to mention poorly written). I have vowed, though, that I will make it all the way through this year.
    Finally, you are seriously overstating your case when you say that the bulk of mass media are derogatory to women. Porn certainly is. Most rap music is. But mainstream media rarely, if ever, contains the kind of anti-woman venom that would have to exist to justify the Vagina Monologues as a counter-movement. I want to point fingers at feminism for characterizing men wrongly and unjustly. I hardly think any good can come out of such a brutal attack on men, or such an objectification of women.
    -The Quartermaster

    By Blogger The Triumvirate, at 3:31 PM  

  • I would continue to debate this with you if your arguments weren't composed of right-wing propaganda regurgitated my your keyboard.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:16 PM  

  • If by "right-wing propaganda" you mean something that you disagree with, then I suppose it is. My arguments are inspired by the clear thinking displayed by my conservative role models, but I think it's a stretch to say that I'm regurgitating right-wing propaganda. It's also a little insulting, but I'll let that one slide. I have to say I'm a little disappointed that you were so quick to drop out of a debate that I was beginning to enjoy.
    -The Quartermaster

    By Blogger The Triumvirate, at 6:56 PM  

  • Great writing; great wit.

    There's hope for America yet.

    Thanks,

    Jack and Charmaine

    By Anonymous Jack Yoest, at 7:04 AM  

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