Eastern Michigan University canceled a production of The Vagina Monologues after students protested that transgendered women were excluded from the production.
Following student outcry, the university’s Women’s Resource Center issued a statement explaining that the show was canceled in light of the community’s dedication to empowering minorities on campus.
“We feel that making this decision is in line with the WRC mission of recognizing and celebrating the diverse representations of women on campus along with the overall mission of the Department of Diversity and Community Involvement, in which the WRC is housed, of supporting and empowering minoritized students and challenging systems and structures that perpetuate inequities,” the statement read. “We truly believe that it is important to center our minoritized students and this decision is in line with this mission driven value.”
The center further argued that the need for The Vagina Monologues is outdated.
“This created a need to ask the question: Do we still need ‘The Vagina Monologues?’ And, are ‘The Vagina Monologues’ still relevant to next generation feminists?” the Women’s Resource Center statement argues.
The “Vagina Monologues,” which feature women vulgarly talking about their genitalia, serving as the feminist bible for a generation, was written in 1996 by Eve Ensler. The New York Times deemed it “the most important piece of political theater of the last decade,” when it debuted.
Celebrities who have starred in it, including Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menzel, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon, Marin Mazzie, Cyndi Lauper, Mary Testa, Sandra Oh and Oprah Winfrey, ask questions involving womanhood, such as “if your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?”
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Several universities have canceled Ensler’s narcissistic celebration of female sexuality, arguing that it fails to give a voice to transgendered women who don’t have vaginas.
In February, American University’s Women Initiative chose to change the event to the “Breaking Ground Monologues,” in order to “broaden the focus from specifically male genitalia to multiple identities and bodies.”
In 2015, the Daily News reported that Erin Murphy, a spokesperson for Mount Holyoke College’s Project Theatre Board canceled the production because of its “narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman” and because the play “fails the trans community in a lot of ways.”
FYI — The woman first pictured as the featured image is Conchita Wurst an EU singer. We switched the image to Eve Ensler.