I've just learned that there is a theatre, a comedy club actually, in Atlantic, Florida that has a group of law students performing The Vagina Monologues at their club this weekend. However, because some of the folks in their town found the word vagina offensive when it was placed on their marquee outside of the theatre, they are instead presenting The HooHaa Monologues. They've also offered an apology on their website to those who may have been offended by them hosting such an event.
I'm not kidding.
As a playwright and a woman, I find this both sad and, actually, rather offensive. First of all, if Eve Ensler had wanted to call her play the Hoo Haa Monologues she would have done just that. But she didn't. She chose to call it The Vagina Monologues. Secondly, the vagina is the proper name for a body part that all anatomically correct women have. And guess what else? Most of us on this planet were born screaming through that body part. Yes, we may have been screaming Hoo Haa as we came barreling into life, but we came out of our mothers through her vagina. It was our entrance into this world, into life as we know it.
It bothers me even more that one of the chief complaints about the sign for The Vagina Monologues came from a woman. A woman who was driving past with her neice in the car. Her niece asked her what a vagina was and the woman was too embarassed to give her an answer and offended that she had to do so.
It's 2007. Why are there still people on this planet that are acting like it's 1807? Actually, in 1807, I believe that our foremothers would have had absolutely no problem at all discussing what a vagina is and how it works and how to properly care for and feed it.
We're not doing ourselves any favors and we're certainly not doing our daughters any favors if we can not discuss a vagina.
Let's stop with the pretending. Let's grow up, already.
Ladies and Gentlemen. My name is Nakedjen and I have a vagina. I also have a lot of other beautiful body parts. All naked and all very pleased to meet you. Just remember to call us by our proper names and we'll all get along just fine. Just fine, indeed.