Well I guess I don't have to worry about Amherst Regional High School ever doing another sanctioned performance of the Vagina Monologues on public school property now that the bastion of PC feminism Mount Holyoke College has mothballed VM because it's not "inclusive" enough to include transsexuals.
As some of you may sadly remember ARHS was the only high school in the nation to allow VM back in 2004, only five years after being the only entity in history to ban a performance of West Side Story.
After Principal Mark Jackson was soooooo impressed with an off campus production put on by the kids in 2007 he allowed VM back at the ARHS in 2008, but not since then.
My main complaint with the work of "art" is the repeated use of the C-word (rhymes with bunt).
Ensler claims she wanted to "reclaim" the word. And we see how well that has worked out over the past two decades. Right up there with reclaiming the N-word, although the hipper 5-letter version does actually gets used way more often than it should these days.
And the monologue, ‘The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could’ glories sex between an adult and underage girl after the minor had consumed vodka.
In the original version published, in 1998, the girl is only 13 and the monologue closes with her gushing:
“Now people thought that it was a kind of rape. I was only thirteen and she was twenty-four. Well, I say, if it was a rape, it was a good rape then, a rape that turned my sorry-ass coochi snorcher into a kind of heaven.”
Yikes! Can you imagine if a white, middle aged, Republican had authored that?
Yes I did attend the 2004 showing at the high school because Fox News paid for my ticket and requested I attend. And no, I did not try to record it.
Obviously it's not a First Amendment violation for the public schools to ban taking pictures of minors on school property (although you have to question the wisdom of the schools allowing those minors to perform R rated material).
Calvin Terrell, Amherst Regional Middle School last week
And the schools fulfilled the requirement of copyright law by posting public notice a week before the event that VM was off limits to recording. Also, unlike Calvin Terrell's "performance" at the Middle School last week, a fee was charged at the door.
Maybe when Terrell returns to perform next academic year he can dress up as a vagina, just for old time sake.