Volume 95, Issue 77

Tuesday, February 19, 2002
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Nowadays, its easy for everyone to do it

All women at Brescia have vaginas?

Gazette receives annual cell-phone letter

All women at Brescia have vaginas?

To the Editor:

I want to know what vaginas ever did to make people so afraid of them.

In the past few weeks, the cast and crew involved with the Women's Issues Network production of The Vagina Monologues have been out and around, spreading the word.

Women have a long history that continues today of verbal, social and sexual repression. For a play like The Vagina Monologues to be written and performed only by women is revolutionary in itself.

The play is generally about how women are reclaiming a word, control over their sexuality and gaining empowerment through it. Sexual talk and discussion has typically only been accepted in our society if you are a member of the "boy's club."

Reactions to this play are mixed as would be expected, but still I am left in amazement and saddened at the disrespect towards and ignorance of a simple word "vagina."

This week, two hard-working cast members diligently posted flyers for the Western play in the downtown area. The very next day, it was discovered that all the posters had been ripped off the posts and torn to pieces, while other advertisements of the female features at strip clubs remained.

The vagina in this context, I guess, is acceptable. Another discouraging event occurred when the traditional women's college of Brescia was asked to post advertisements for The Vagina Monologues in their residence building.

Our request was denied because of a certain word found in the title. Ironically, all of the residents have vaginas. Change in social thought will take time, but it's not going to happen on its own.

It's 2002 and I'm ashamed to live in a society that responds to the word 'vagina' in such negative ways.

Olivia Penner

English II

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