**WARNING: This post will contain language that may be offensive to adults, and shouldn’t be read by minors.**
Many of us call Valentine’s Day “V-Day” for short, but did you know that when a radical feminist uses the term, it means “Vagina Day”? Before I go any further, here’s a brief background about what the feminist “V-Day” is all about (written in 2004):
RATHER THAN SPEND 24 HOURS celebrating love and romance tomorrow, some politically correct feminists would prefer we spend Valentine’s Day pondering rape, incest, and domestic violence. Inaugurated in 1998, “V-Day”–the term a coalition of feminist groups use to describe their new version of Valentine’s Day–is, according to its organizers, “a palpable energy, a fierce catalyst, . . . a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.”
This year V-Day has been promoted as a celebration of the “vagina warriors,” with over 2,000 V-Day events scheduled, mostly at colleges. The main attraction of all these events is Eve Ensler’s one woman play “The Vagina Monologues.” The verbally (and often visually) explicit play consists of 15 vignettes in which women portray their vaginas, and talk about such experiences as rape, genital mutilation, the view that men are innately violent, and lesbian statutory rape.
In one scene, a 24-year-old woman gets a 13-year-old girl drunk and has her way with her. Afterward, the girl says, “if it was rape, it was a good rape. I’ll never need to rely on a man.” Shouting “vagina”–the word is used over 100 times in the play–is touted as “real” sexual liberation, as well as a way to end violence against women. (By the way, the 24-year-old molester is portrayed as rescuing the 13-year-old from male violence.)
IN 2002, the embarrassment of several university officials over the scene prompted the elimination of the reference to “good rape,” and the 13-year-old victim became 16. But the sex scene remains and
the girl still concludes that she’ll “never need to rely on a man.”
Of course, it’s likely–in fact, probable–that a storm of outrage would have ensued if the idealization of child molestation in the play had been initiated by a male offender. In this case, the “Vagina Monologues” went on to win the prestigious Obie award. Actresses like Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Swoosie Kurtz, Glenn Close, Kimberly Williams, and Whoopi Goldberg have jumped at the chance to perform in the play, and the New York Times has called Ensler “the Messiah heralding the second wave of feminism.”
To vouch for the disgusting nature of the play, and its title, I have a story for you: A very liberal friend of mine went to see it several years ago after hearing rave reviews about it from some of her more “progressive” female friends. My friend, who is a rare find in that she is a practical, sensible liberal rather than a flaming one, talked to me about it one weekend when we got together to see a movie and grab some pizza. The play deeply offended her, for many of the reasons mentioned in the Weekly Standard piece. I remember her telling me that those vignettes were in no way a “celebration” of the sexually empowered woman, but instead were promotional tools for perpetual victimhood, irresponsiblity, and misandry. I know that’s anecdotal evidence, but I wanted to share that with you because she’s a friend whose opinion I trust, and I figure it should carry some weight, considered she’s a liberal woman who has seen it, whereas I am a conservative woman who has not but who has the same opinion about it that she does, based on what I’ve read.
Feminista Jane Fonda – infamous in conservative circles for her traitorous conduct during the Vietnam war – and the “celebrated” Eve Ensler appeared on NBC’s Today show this morning to talk about “V-Day.” As the fun-filled girlie gabfest went on, Ms. Fonda slipped in a dirty word that only enlightened feministas are allowed to use:
MEREDITH VIEIRA: I know when it started there were some A-list celebrities who came out to help you, but Jane, you at first were not a big fan of the play. So what turned you around?
JANE FONDA: Well, it wasn’t that I wasn’t a big fan. I hadn’t seen the play. I live in Georgia, okay? I was asked to do a monologue called “c***.” and I said “I don’t think so, I got enough problems.”
The “c” word is one that rhymes with “punt.”
Vieira apologized later in the show.
You’d think that after that segment, they wouldn’t be asked to appear again, but apparently the producers of the Today show enjoyed the discussion about women’s body parts in crude terminology so much that Ensler and Fonda were invited back on for another round of feminist dirty talk:
Eve Ensler: “You know what? The Mayor of New Orleans [Nagin] just declared himself one of the first vagina friendly mayors.”
Eve Ensler: “He’s walking through the streets of New Orleans talking about it.”
Jane Fonda: “Think about it — it (New Orleans)’s moist, it’s a wetland, it’s a place — it’s a place where people come for fun. And when things go south, forget about it, shut it down.”
Eve Ensler: “That’s right.”
Here’s the video:
That liberal feministas like Fonda, Ensler, and the many fans of Ensler’s “work” feel that it’s acceptable for a woman to be defined by her body parts tells us a lot of things – none of them good. I have had a few conversations in the past with feminists who defend garbage like the Vagina Monologues by asserting that the play is not so much about the body part itself but instead is about showing women that they shouldn’t be ashamed of their womanhood and should celebrate it in a multitude of ways. Also, it’s supposedly a tool used to “educate” people about violence against women, and the plight of women in third world countries.
Needless to say, all of this could be done (and is, in fact, being done) without the added shock value attached to not only the play’s name, but some of the controversial vignettes within. But then again, that’s what it’s really all about to radical progressive women – the more shocking the better, and not really because it draws attention to their “cause” … but because it draws attention to them. Feminist women are some of the most narcissistic women you’ll ever come across. Let’s take a look at some of the “learning experiences” women have taken away from going to see the VM (thanks to mrsnervosa for the links):
“And, you know, it’s not that I didn’t enjoy watching Glenn Close fall to her knees in her hot-pink pantsuit, shrieking “C*nnnnnttttt!!!” but it will really feel like we’ve come a long way (baby) when a big movie star can say the word “c*nt” and not make thousands of women giggle and cheer.” — Salon.com’s sex page – March 2001
“Then came the most mind-blowing part of the whole Monologue: “Reclaiming C*nt.” Basically what I learned is that the word â€˜c*nt’ is a beautiful word. For example, based on how wonderful this word apparently is, it would be perfectly acceptable, and perhaps even desirable, if you referred to your girlfriend as your “little c*nt-burger” instead of your “little pookie.”” — Student voice – February 2005 (link no longer active –ST)
“This past month, in an O’Connell House that reverberated with the BC students’ chants of “C*nt, C*nt, C*NT,” amidst all the talk of vaginas, vaginal smells, vaginal juices, pubic hair, clitorises, old women’s sex dreams, public masturbation, premarital sex, oral sex, lesbian sex, lesbian sex-worker sex, and the many different styles of female orgasmic moaning, a different answer was given to the question “Is statutory rape O.K.?” The answer: Sure it’s O.K.!” — Monologues Show Double Standard – March 2003
Here’s another Salon review of VM:
Celebrated as the bible for a new generation of women, “The Vagina Monologues” has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. It has inspired a dynamic grass-roots movement (V-Day) to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.
Yeah, I’ll say.
I wonder what the students of Amherst High School in Amherst, MA, have learned about this play when it has been put on at their school – by other teenaged students? If it’s anything like what this female high school student got out of seeing the VM back in 2005, we should all be very, very worried:
When senior Carrie Rethlefsen began wearing an “I (heart) My Vagina” button to school, she says she was trying to speak out against violence toward women.
However, Winona Senior High School administration think the button could be interpreted differently.
A month after she began donning the button, Rethlefsen was told to take it off.
But Rethlefsen considers the button a matter of free speech.
“I think you need to be bold for things to change,” she said. “I’m wearing this to support sexual awareness, gender equality, women’s rights and freedom of speech.”
The issue was mute until earlier this week because administrators didn’t see her again wearing the button. However, Rethlefsen spoke about her experience a few weeks ago when feminist author Susan Faludi spoke in Winona.
Word about what happened got around, and a Twin Cities TV station came to Winona on Wednesday night to interview Rethlefsen. The next day, she met with WSHS Principal Nancy Wondrasch to try to resolve the issue.
Too many women are ashamed to talk about their sexuality, Rethlefsen said.
If people can’t talk about their vaginas, she said, the subject of sexual violence will continue as taboo.
Isn’t that a riot? I could swear I don’t ever recall a single instance of having a “discussion” about vaginas with any woman or group of women, don’t know any woman who has, and somehow none of us have ever had any problems discussing and understanding sexual violence.
Younger senior high students might not have the same maturity as Rethlefsen, Wondrasch said, and misinterpret the button’s message.
However, Rethlefsen said that is part of the button’s intention; people will ask what it means, opening up an opportunity to talk about violence against women.
LOL – Is this not the height of stupidity or what? We need open and frank (no pun intended) discussions about vaginas in order for people to be educated about violence against women? In reality, Rethlefsen is just one of many self-important feminist nitwits who have narcissistically used this play to draw attention themselves and their self-loathing worldview. They just want to drag everyone down with them. Misery loves company, or so they say.
I reject – and strongly so – this notion that women should embrace celebrating a body part in such a fashion as has happened in the VM as a ‘proxy’ of sorts for embracing their womanhood. The women’s movement started out about equal pay for equal work – among other things, and one of the goals was to get society to view women on the same playing field as men – in other words, don’t judge them by their sexual body parts but strictly by their brains and their capability as a human being – “don’t look at me as just a woman, but more so as a human being.”
Times sure have changed, haven’t they?