"I thought feminism was supposed to encourage women to be strong and independent by embracing our characters and our intellect. Unfortunately, The Vagina Monologues sends the opposite message—that we are defined solely by our bodies." -Karuna, Mount Holyoke College


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Publisher Random House proclaims it is "the bible for a new generation of women." Hollywood types embrace it, with performances by such actresses as Rachel McAdams, Roseanne Barr, Glenn Close, Calista Flockhart and more. Feminist Gloria Steinem pronounces it, "poetry for the theater."

We're talking about The Vagina Monologues—a "play" based on interviews that feminist playwright Eve Ensler claims to have conducted with over two hundred women. The topic? Their intimate anatomy.

The Monologues has become an annual outrage on college campuses across the nation. So even if you haven't personally seen it performed on your campus, chances are you've witnessed the graphic and humiliating promotional materials and ads surrounding V-Day at your school.

With shock value as its main tactic, the production has effectively captured the attention of college students around the nation. And with the purported message of ending violence against women, the Monologues' parent movement, V-Day, has earned praise from leftist groups, celebrities, and politicians across America, and even the world. But others—perhaps more than you think—are quietly left wondering how embracing vulgarity is going to make the world a safer place for women.

Does this describe you?

If you're a student having a hard time stomaching Eve Ensler's popularly performed feminist play, you're not alone. It's time to speak up.

We at the Luce Policy Institute believe that The Vagina Monologues trivializes the legacy of women who have achieved great things with their creativity, energy, intellect, and spirit. It glorifies social deviancy and sexual perversion and assaults and condemns men. That's why we created a special program to help you combat the widespread and damaging effects of V-Day. V-Day Unveiled seeks to:

  • Reclaim the romance and beauty of Valentine's Day
  • Celebrate the intellect, strength, integrity, and spirit of the modern American woman.
  • Promote respect in ways to honor-rather than debase and degrade-women.

Nobody argues that violence against women isn't tragic, but V-Day has no real impact on the violence. Women deserve better than the reprehensible and degrading messages sent to them by Eve Ensler and her fellow "vagina warriors"—whose efforts effectually reduce women to their sexual organs.

Don't let Eve Ensler define women. It's time to reclaim our decency, our modesty, and our intellect. With that, we can achieve great things.

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More information and resources:

Facts vs. Fallacies
Sick of getting into debates with the self-proclaimed "Vagina Warriors" and not knowing what to say? Just wondering what the play is really about? These top ten Facts vs. Fallacies will educate you about this play and prepare you to defend your views.

Ideas for V-DU
Looking for ways to offer alternatives to The Vagina Monologues and the accompanying V-Day activities on your campus? Look no further because here we give you plenty of ideas for your campus.

V-DU Flyers (Download)
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Highlights of Past V-DU Events
This is a place we get to highlight the hard work and accomplishments of our V-DU participants. See what other students did at their schools. It might give you an idea for your campus.


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These are just some of the hundreds of taxpayer-funded schools that showed productions of The Vagina Monologues in 2011.

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Adrian College
Albion College
Albright College
Alliant International University
American University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University
Augsburg College
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Bellarmine University
Beloit College
Boise State University
Boston University School of Medicine
Bowdoin College
Bowling Green State University
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Brenau University
Bridgewater State College
Brooklyn College
Brown University
Bucknell University
Cal Lutheran
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
California University of Pennsylvania
Carleton College
Cedar Crest College
Central Washington University
Champlain College
Chapman University
Chicago-Kent College of Law
City College of San Francisco
Claremont School of Theology
Clarion University
Clark University
Clatsop Community College
Colgate University
College of Charleston
College of New Jersey
College of Saint Rose
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
College of Wooster
Colorado State University, Pueblo
Columbia University
Connecticut College
Cornell University
Cottey College
CSU Chico
CSU Hayward
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Sacramento
Denver Center for International Studies
Drake University
Drew University
Drexel University
Drury College
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Michigan University
Edinboro University
Emory University
Emporia State University
Eugene Lang College
Ferris State University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fordham University, Lincoln Center
Fort Hays State University
Framingham State University
Francis Marion University
Franklin and Marshall College
Fredonia State University
Frostburg State University
Furman University
Galludet University
Gavilan College
George Mason University
George University Law Center
Georgetown University
Georgia College and State University
Georgia State University
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State University
Harford Community College
Harvard Medical School
Henderson State University
Herkimer County Community College
Horry Georgetown Technical College
Howard University
Illinois College
Illinois Tech
Indiana State University
Indiana University School of Law
Indiana University, Bloomington
Iowa State University
Jacksonville State University
Johnson and Wales University, Denver
Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island
Keuka College
Kutztown University
Lasell College
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh University
Lesley University
Lick Wilmerding High School
Lincoln Land Community College
Louisiana State University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Lynn University
Manhattan School of Music
Mansfield University
Marquette University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryville University
Maywood Academy High School
McDaniel College
Medical College of Georgia
Metropolitan State University
Miami University, Ohio
Michigan State University
Millersville University
Mills College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Montgomery College, Rockville
Moravian College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Muskegon Community College
Nassau Community College
NC State
New Hampshire Institute of Art
New Mexico State University, Alamogordo
North Carolina Central University
North Dakota State University
North Georgia College and State University
Northern Arizona University
Northwood University
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Oakton Community College
Occidental College
Oglethorpe University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Otterbein College
Oxford College of Emory University
Pacific Lutheran University
Penn State, Hazelton
Portland Community College
Portland State University
Pratt Institute
Providence College
Purdue University
Radford University
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Rhodes College
Riverside Community College
Rochester Tech
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Mary's College, Indiana
Salem College
Salem State College
San Diego City College
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Santa Rosa Junior College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Scotts Valley High School
Shawnee State University
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University
Smith College
Sonoma State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Southern Methodist University
Southern Oregon University
Southern Utah University
Springfield College
Stanford University
Stetson University
SUNY Brockport
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Stony Brook
Susquehannah University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tennessee Tech
Texas A&M, College Station
Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
The Commonwealth Medical College
The Juilliard School
Thomas Jefferson University
Truman State University
Tufts University
Tulane University School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UNC Wilmington
Union College
University of Akron
University of Arizona
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Missouri
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Florida
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Houston
University of Houston, Clear Lake
University of Idaho
University of Kansas
University of La Verne
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
University of Louisville
University of Maine at Augusta
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Orono
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan, Dearborn
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Missouri
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Montana
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of New Hampshire, Durham
University of New Haven
University of North Alabama
University of North Carolina, Asheville
University of North Florida
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina, Columbia
University of Southern California
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Brownsville
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of the Pacific
University of Toledo
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Utica College of Syracuse University
Valdosta State University
Victoria College
Villa Julie College
Warren Wilson College
Wartburg College
Washburn University
Washington State University
Wayne State University
Wellesley College
West Georgia College
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Western Illinois University
Western Michigan University
Western New England College
Westfield State College
Westminster College
Wilkes University
Willamette University
Winston-Salem State University
Worcester Tech
Yakima Valley Community College

Yale University Graduate School

This list can be found at www.vday.org

By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Special to The Washington Post

Monique Stuart was a teenager when Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" first appeared off-off-Broadway a decade ago. But by the time the 24-year-old saw the play in her senior year of college, she'd already made up her mind that it wasn't worth much.

"It really confirmed everything I already thought about the play," she says.

Which explained why she was standing behind a lectern at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Northwest recently, telling other young women how to be good conservatives -- and how to bring some protest drama of their own to Ensler's work. "'It's disgusting," she said. "The play defines women as their sexual organs."

Seventeen young women, snacking on bagels and apple juice, had gathered for this workshop at the Conservative Political Action Conference to listen to Stuart and others trash "The Vagina Monologues," which appears on hundreds of campuses every February and March as part of V-Day, a campaign Ensler helped found in the late '90s to raise awareness about violence against women.

As part of that effort, her play has become a perennial fundraiser for anti-violence organizations.

The show has always had its detractors, but this year conservatives worked to transform the season of "The Vagina Monologues" into a season of the Vagina Debates. Stuart can take some credit for that.

As program officer at the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, a Herndon-based group with ties to some of Washington's most powerful conservatives, Stuart helped coordinate the movement.

"Our whole culture has become oversexualized," she said after her workshop, "and I think this play contributes to that."

The conservative effort baffles Ensler, who finds some of the objections to her play insulting. Especially, she says, the idea that her work reduces women to their body parts.

"If you had an understanding of the play, the vagina becomes the least significant thing," Ensler says. "I am trying for the life of me [to understand] how anybody can protest what V-Day is," she says. "I have no idea why we have a conservative element in this country that doesn't believe in sex, that opposes masturbation, that thinks homosexuality and lesbians are evil. I think sexuality is healthy and gorgeous and delicious."

Aartie Manansingh, who produced the play at Georgetown University, says the campaign has an important role to play on college campuses. "It breaks the silence that surrounds violence against women and girls," she says. "On a college campus, there seems to be an attitude where issues of relationship violence and sexual assault are taboo, and people don't talk about them unless they're personally affected."

Jerry Lynn Fields, executive director of the V-Day movement and a former rape crisis center manager, noted that the play has been performed in more than 81 countries and raised more than $30 million over the years.

The play strings together interviews with 200 women into a series of stories, some full of humor, some full of pleasure, others full of abuse and violence. "Women's sanity was saved by bringing these hidden experiences into the open, naming them and turning our rage into positive action," feminist Gloria Steinem wrote in 1998.

But Stuart sees a different message, one that "tells women to look for their own fulfillment through sex." Stuart asks, "Is that supposed to liberate them or empower them?"

It's been a road to empowerment for Stuart, at least, who seems to have found her conservative voice through protesting the play. She took up the cause as a student at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Stuart grew up in a liberal Connecticut family, but in her sophomore year, she attended a debate that included conservative commentator Ann Coulter and came away enthralled. Soon she had joined the College Republicans. Then, the summer before her senior year, while she was an intern in Washington, she went to an event featuring conservative author Christina Hoff Sommers, who attacked the play.

Stuart finally read it -- and decided she was on Hoff Sommers's side.

During winter break of her senior year, she retyped "The Vagina Monologues," replacing every use of the word "vagina" with "penis," and called the result "The Penis Monologues."

"When you call it 'The Penis Monologues,' that's ridiculous. It's ridiculous on the other side as well," she says.

Stuart held a reading of her rewrite last spring and invited Hoff Sommers to campus for a lecture. To promote it, a friend of Stuart's dressed in a six-foot phallus costume and distributed fliers.

It impressed Hoff Sommers enough that she wrote about it in the National Review online.

After graduation, Stuart joined the Luce Policy Institute, which was preparing its anti-V-Day campaign. Michelle Easton, president of Luce, sees Stuart as the fruit of the conservative movement's labor: "She's a wonderful example of a student who went to college as a liberal and turned to the conservative side through hearing a conservative speaker. That's what we do at Luce."

Stuart traveled the country and visited local campuses to organize the campaign. In November, she was on Georgetown University's campus, where Luce was co-sponsoring a talk by conservative Michelle Malkin. Stuart handed out books resembling Playbill that criticized "The Vagina Monologues."

Early last month, Stuart joined a conference call with more than a dozen women's outreach directors from the College Republicans to talk about protesting the play, says Sarah Armstrong, the national women's outreach director. "We try to get good speakers who are not only real role models but who can help us in our states with increasing activism," Armstrong says. "She's coming from the same place we're coming from."

The goal, Stuart said, was not censorship, but to get others to think about the play's message. She acknowledges, too, that the effort helped attract some students to the conservative movement -- the way she'd been won over herself.

Georgetown freshman Anthony Bonna took a copy of Stuart's Playbill back in November. A few weeks later, he called her to get one of the institute's anti-V-Day kits, with posters that ask, "Aren't women worth more than their private parts?" He and a few friends plastered the campus. Later, shortly before one of the "Vagina Monologues" Georgetown shows, he went door to door in a dorm to raise money for the same battered women's shelter that the show was benefiting.

It was an act to "show you can help out women without seeing a play that attacks traditional values," he said. At George Washington University, senior Lindy Dinklage, 21, armed with materials she received from Stuart, set up an information table at the student center to oppose last weekend's three performances.

"Empower women's brains -- not their vaginas," Dinklage called out, as most students hustled by, jabbering on cell phones or heading into the student center.

But every now and again someone did stop - and for Stuart, that's what mattered.

Copyright The Washington Post
Original article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/07/AR2006030701842.html

See Also:
The Vagina Monologues Facts vs. Fallacies
Past V-DUnveiled Themes and Event Ideas
V-DU Flyers (Download)
Highlights of Past V-DUnveiled Events
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