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P-Day protesters illustrate liberal administration's double-standard

Wow:

National Review

College administrators have been enthusiastic supporters Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues and schools across the nation celebrate “V-Day” (short for Vagina Day) every year. But when the College Republicans at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island rained on the celebrations of V-Day by inaugurating Penis Day and staging a satire called The Penis Monologues, the official reaction was horror. Two participating students, Monique Stuart and Andy Mainiero, have just received sharp letters of reprimand and have been placed on probation by the Office of Judicial Affairs. The costume of the P-Day “mascot” — a friendly looking “penis” named Testaclese, has been confiscated and is under lock and key in the office of the assistant dean of student affairs, John King.

The P-Day satirists are the first to admit that their initiative is tasteless and crude. But they rightly point out that V-Day is far more extreme. They are shocked that the administration has come down hard on their good-natured spoof, when all along it has been completely accommodating to the in-your-face vulgarity of the vagina activists.

You've got to read the whole thing.

I would normally chime in here with some thoughts, but I don't even know where to begin.

Oh, and I should mention that UVSC performed The Vagina Monologues this past February.

Testaclese... LOL. That's pre

Testaclese... LOL. That's pretty funny. I think it's also funny that anyone takes the National Review's ultra conservative crap seriously. The Vagina Monologues are hardly the crude and vulgar male-bashing extravaganza that the Review made it out to be. While I think a parody P-day is pretty funny, using it to once again attack something that has helped a lot of women is pathetic and another reason to fart on the National Review.

Amen

I, sinner that I am, went to see the Vagina Monologues while at Penn State last year. I was offended by some of it, yes, but generally, it was nothing that really shook me up too badly. I didn't feel 'liberated' by it or anything, but I know that many of the ladies there see it every year because of the empowering message they get from it, and that's fine with me. NR is so right-leaning that nothing they say really surprises me, and none of it is taken too seriously either. Call me a rebel.

A little help?

Please, help me out understand how a "My Vagina is ..." sticker, lollipops and questionnaries that are rather offensive "empowers" and "inspires" and "liberates" anybody in her right mind.

(Am I the only one that sees how this whole thing is just another scheme to attract people and get money from them? "Shock value" can be a very effective marketing weapon to attract certain kinds of crowds.)

I better go watch Hannity and Colmes to feel "empowered" for the rest of the week.

ends and means

(Am I the only one that sees how this whole thing is just another scheme to attract people and get money from them? "Shock value" can be a very effective marketing weapon to attract certain kinds of crowds.)

V-day was started- according to their website- to end violence against women. And according to the website, the activities of v-day raised a great deal of money to end violence against women. One of the other activities of v-day was a march on Ciudad Juarez, Mexico( where over three hundred women have been raped and killed since 1993). So the activities which go on on college campuses serve a purpose. They fund activities to end violence against women around the world.

What cause do the p-day protestors have? The ends do justify the means- and while I am not convinced that the v-warriors have chosen the best means- the reason they are doing it gives them certain allowances that a group of satirists are not entitled to.

This sort of thing was old news before it even started

Im surprised that no one had mentioned an identical event that occured a few years ago at a "liberal" eastern university. Some students protested GLAD Day (thats gay and lesbian awareness) by copying their signs and slogans almost exactly to create BAD day (thats bestiality awareness day). They met the same resistance from the university and caused the same forum for discussion. Mind you the BAD movement, as well as the P-day movement, were both hollow. None of these people were really into bestiality, they just did it to protest. I guess in the end, white upper-middle class males will never be allowed to protest anything.

recommendations

I attent university in Washington state and have the job of bringing V-Day and The Vagina Monologues to the campus. While you might think that this makes me a vulgar, immoral woman, that's not the case. I wanted to make sure that this year's production was purposeful, tasteful, and educational for the community and campus. It often seems to me that women who are already "empowered" by their womanhood are proud to wear items that say "just say vagina" or "my vagina is huggable". My goal is to bring issues like female sexuality, abuse, and celebration of all that women are capable of to light - it doesn't make sense to me how silence about vaginas is equivalent to female purity. I'm posting because I wondered if you would all be offended by the attempt to stop violence against women and girls whether or not the lude and offensive parts were somewhat removed.

You're so right! What was I thinking?

You're so right! What was I thinking?

After giving it a little thought, I see nothing wrong with this Vagina Day stuff:

The week before V-Day, the Roger Williams campus was plastered with flyers emblazoned with slogans such as “My Vagina is Flirty” and “My Vagina is Huggable.” There was a widely publicized “orgasm workshop.” On the day of the play, the V-warriors sold lollipops in the in the shape of–-guess what? Last year, the student union was flooded with questionnaires asking unsuspecting students questions like “What does your Vagina smell like?”

Or with the reaction most of this received on campuses nation-wide:

None of this offended the administration or elicited any reprimands, probations, or confiscations.

I like how you attack the National Review instead of explaining how the V-Day freakshows they've described aren't unreasonable.

(BTW, those quotes are from the NR article.)

right

"The ends do justify the means-"

That's an interesting statement, Mr. Marbles. To what extent would you say the ends do justify the means?

I had a mission companion who sold pot in order to serve his mission. I'm not kidding. For him, the ends justified the means.

I don't see much harm with the V-monologues. If this is a way for them to fund their cause, more power to them. This is also a country with free speech, and I applaud their expression.

Mr. Marbles is right. V-day w

Mr. Marbles is right. V-day was created for a purpose. There have been many sexual revolutions over the years, and this is yet another extreme example of one.

The problem with the so called "Penis Day" is that the only purpose was to sarcastically comment on a movement with some real purpose. If I created "Twins Day" (Yeah, those kind of twins) and distributed all kinds of paraphenelia about breasts, it wouldn't mean anything because I was just doing it because I can.

I'm not offended by V-day, but I hardly endorse asking unsuspecting people, "What does your vagina smell like?".

I'm completely for stopping violence against women and girls, by almost any means possible.

Is that the purpose or effect of V-day/the monologues? You said:

My goal is to bring issues like female sexuality, abuse, and celebration of all that women are capable of to light - it doesn't make sense to me how silence about vaginas is equivalent to female purity.

Unless I read Mason's original article wrong, I don't think the issue ever was silencing V-day and I don't remember any mention of female purity. I think the idea was that it's a double standard to condone V-day/Vagina Monologues and then punish guys for reverse themed "celebrations," whether they be parodies or not.

Gandhi

I don't think the end justify the means. Gandhi said that whatever is achieved with violence is temporary, but the evil is permanent.

Also, it is true that America is a fee country with free speech. I like and hate that at the same time. I really don't think the Founding Fathers had this kind of stuff in mind when putting freedom of speech in the constitution. There are ways that are less offensive to people to achieve the same objective (could it be that the real objective was to loosen up moral values instead of protecting women?). But oh well, it is a free country, they have freedom of speech but I don't applaud them.

Hmm...

Paraphenelia about Breasts? That would be a great album title.