Tomorrow Is V. Day
First, please forgive the extra-light posting. I’m most definitely under the weather. It’s not easy to blog when you can’t breathe [Duh – ed].
I had forgotten, not that tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day (and yes, I’m being extra sweet to the AstroWife who is clearly wondering what’s up!), but that it has become the traditional day for presentations of The Vagina Monologues on college campuses (campii? campeeses?) nationwide. Mark Stricherz at Get Religion has reminded me.
These days the controversy occurs when the play is not produced.
Kavita Kumar of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about a Catholic college’s decision to not stage a production of “The Vagina Monologues” on campus. Her story claimed that officials at St. Louis University canceled the controversial play for various reasons:
Although he doesn’t like her arguments, he notes that she does have good point(s).
Kumar’s explanation cannot be dismissed out of hand. Why campus administrators pulled the plug is almost unknowable.
Kumar claims that St. Louis University is practicing censorship. We’ll let it slide that it the government that is proscribed from censorship in this country, and that St. Louis U. is, nominally at least, a Catholic University. From her article in the St. Lewis Post-Dispatch (and their online site):
Campus administrators refused to sponsor the play last year, after several years of sponsorship, because they said that doing the same play year after year is redundant and didn’t add much new.SLU leaders said their decision was not censorship, but students suspect that is just what it is.
Conservative watchdog groups and others have protested at SLU and other Catholic campuses where the “Monologues” is performed because they say the play, with its frank discussion of female sexuality and homosexuality, is inappropriate.
The site Life-Site (which claims no Catholic affiliation, but certainly aligned that way) reports the 193 Catholic Campuses across the nation have refused to put on the play.