As one of the directors of the Vagina Monologues this year and a supporter of V-Week and the dialogue it creates, I am deeply disappointed to see that many students do not understand the purpose of the Vagina Carnival. I would like to take this time to clarify the reason behind this event and to address Sharon Reeds comments regarding it. I would also like to clear up some misleading information presented in the article Monologues move.
Most of the events of V-Week are serious in nature. By hosting a fun event, students are encouraged to appreciate the beauty of women as well as learn about the important issues regarding women.
Sharon, I am deeply sorry that you feel the Vagina Carnival reduces women to a sexual organ. I believe that you may not understand the specific use of the word vagina as it relates to V-Week and the Vagina Monologues. The vagina is a biological organ, yes, but it is also culturally accepted as a defining characteristic of woman. By using this term and displaying it, we call attention to the absurdity of this. In other words, instead of sending the message that a womans dignity and identity comes only from her sex organs, we proclaim that women are much, much more than mere objects and that it is time for the world to recognize that. It is time for the world to respect women and not violate, abuse, and hurt women. This is our message.
I would also like to take the time to clarify that we did not play Church Games Gone Vagina. We do have a vagina costume, worn by a man to symbolize that men, too, work to promote healthy and positive change for women.
As for the Monologues move article, first of all, the title is misleading. The Vagina Monologues did not move, nor did the staff ever request it to be moved. Also, although Tim Schroer may have gotten e-mails two to one in favor of moving the Carnival, V-Week members created a petition and got over 500 signatures in three hours. Clearly, many in the student body believe in their rights as students, at the very least.
When we cannot respect and accept women enough to celebrate them, how will our society ever change?
Cassie Clark 07