|Gonzaga's Foley Center|
"The V@gina Monologues," as a particular expression of ideas, is not necessary to explore questions of violence against women, or indeed of human s@xuality and female self-image. Not only is it not necessary, good arguments can and have been made that it is a poor vehicle for exploring these ideas. It does not speak univocally against violence against women, insofar as it depicts sympathetically female-on-female s@xual abuse of a minor.
Despite Eve Ensler's brilliant marketing campaign, the play is not even so much about violence against women as it is a celebration of polymorphous s@xuality. Beyond its poor literary quality, the play features unnecessary vulgarities which amount to vicarious live s@x demonstrations.
There are further reasons for rejecting "The V@gina Monologues" as an occasion for academic inquiry at a Jesuit, Catholic institution. The play ignores the multifaceted nature of female experience by eliminating entire ranges of human s@xuality from its purview. It offends against human dignity by reducing human personality to s@xuality, and female dignity to s@xual activity. It completely ignores the rich literature and vocabulary of Catholic and Christian s@xual teaching.
Hat Tip to Insight Scoop (here)