April 3, 2013
Planned play sends the wrong message
Recently I was made aware of a play, ďThe Vagina Monologues,Ē coming to our town as a fundraiser. I decided before judging the play I should read it so I could make an informed decision. Because the play is touted as enlightening and empowering for women, I was surprised that it seems to lead women a step back from that very aim. The images this play portrays are less about respecting yourself and more about indulging yourself. The author feels the need to use many sexually descriptive scenes to emphasis this point. Being offensive and shocking is how a womanís sexuality is portrayed. If we made the play into a film, it would be pornography.
The scene that I found extremely disturbing is the rape of a child by a family friend. Then, while still a child, a sexual seduction encounter with an adult woman is celebrated as a healing experience. We are encouraged to applaud this. Isnít this called statutory rape? Isnít it the same as saying if the man had made the rape enjoyable it would have been all right? How can this be enlightening or empowering for anyone, except possibly for the male or female predator?
I applaud the mission statement of CASA, but have to wonder if this play isnít promoting the very thing they are suppose to fight against. I would have to question why they would do this. For what price do you sell your integrity?