Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day and Women, part deux

The Vagina Monologues, a play which made its premiere, known as V-Day, on 14 February 1998 in New York City has become a Valentine's Day staple in many U.S. cities. It also generated controversy last year, when University of Notre Dame president, Fr. John Jenkins, after giving initial indications that performances of the play on-campus were to be discontinued, relented after seeing the play, thus allowing performances to go-on. This prompted a written protest by the bishop of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South bend, the Most Reverend John M. D'Arcy.

The play, by U.S. playwright, Eve Ensler (pictured above performing the play), is a collection of vignettes contributed by various women and organized by Ensler into the play. With all this I want to direct interested readers to an article by a self-described "happily professed member of a traditional community of women religious whose members still wear habits, live in community and carry out the same mission", on the Paulist-run website Busted Halo, entitled, Remembering V-Day: A young nun defends The Vagina Monologues.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. I had never even considered Mary's delivery of Jesus to be anything other than a vaginal one. Hmmm. I've never really thought to place all blame on Eve, either.

    We definitely have the dialogue at our house. It only gets complicated when Frank and I are both menstruating at the same time.

    Neither women or men should be abused.