Where are the ASU female role models — the real ones? “The Vagina Monologues” keeps coming back (this weekend) as more proof that air-heads monopolize our state universities. Surely, there must be one or two adult women of substance left on campus, or even a man with a modicum of oversight.
Where’s the disgust surrounding a production as vile as male porn fetish, which has long been linked to abuse against women — abuse these monologues allegedly want to stamp out?
It’s one of the most bizarre lies to surface in our entertainment world. While alleging to confront violence against women, the show encourages women to develop an obsessive fascination with their own private body parts, as noted on its ASU Web site: “A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone.”
Then they clean it up with this spin in an effort to attract others to the bait: “Our activism begins with the way we treat one another, applying our values of non-violence and respect for each woman or man’s unique contributions to the movement.” Boloney.
Respect starts with self. It’s displayed by the way we think of our sexuality and its wonder. It’s tied to our language, dress and behavior. Dignity sends a message. Esteem is a huge part of how a woman handles her allure.
Trashing personal sexuality, treating it as a carnival, won’t teach men how to behave.
Last year, I wrote about a conservative campus organization which plans to protest the production again this year. Who will stand with them? The ASU Chapter of The Network of enlightened Women (NeW) bravely counters the monologues, which critics call “scatological” humor about women’s bodies and male degradation. NeW members are committed to let other young women know there’s another way to think. These gals are smart, confident and not influenced by callous, bitter women’s sexual issues and vacant morals.
President and co-founder Catherine Smith vows a lifelong fight to offer women options to radical feminism. The Ahwatukee resident, in her junior year says, “‘The Vagina Monologues’ objectify women as their private parts, thus justify men viewing women the same way.”
My husband calls the monologues “The Porn-Again Women.” Perfectly stated. It’s not possible to describe the show’s obscene nature, because fortunately newspapers can’t print the stuff, yet campuses all over the world annually provide it to coeds. Find the entire script on the Web under the show’s name.
No wonder Islamic nations condemn American culture. This kind of marketing by females, of female debasement, is destructive on levels we can’t comprehend — enabled by high-profile women. Many were role models in the 1970s. Now, they’re undoing they’re own work and taking girls with them.
I spoke with author Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and former professor of philosophy. Sommers is coming to ASU at the invitation of NeW. She calls the monologues “dangerous and depressing.” Among many objections, she points to three: The script is “atrociously written, it is viciously anti-male and it claims to empower women, when in fact it makes us seem desperate and pathetic.”
The author of Who Stole Feminism and The War Against Boys is concerned that young women will buy into the message that “they’re captive to patriarchy,” when in fact, “women are so free in this country.”
Sommers describes “the only romantic scene” in the show. It takes place between a 24-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl. The woman “plies the girl with vodka and seduces her.” The script portrays overnight rapture; a sex crime played in a positive light — to fight violence against women.
Huh? Sommers believes that the monologues, written by Eve Ensler, have the “potential to set back the true advancement and empowerment of women for many years to come.” Those women would be our daughters.
Sommers, Smith and NeW have my support. Why has this piece of junk been allowed to flourish with little resistance? If you wish to stand with NeW, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Sommers speaks 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in COOR Hall, room 170, on the Tempe campus. For directions call (480) 965-5728. Find links to Sommer’s work on AEI.org.