The women’s resource center at Eastern Michigan University put the kibosh on the famous production since it caters only to women who have the physical anatomy that accompanies the female sex. Imagine thinking a play literally written about empowering women is discriminatory because of its focus on vaginas. Then again, the same people who are offended by this play probably think someone can be a woman without having a vagina.
The resource center issued the following statement on the show’s cancelation:
“We feel that making this decision is in line with the WRC mission of recognizing and celebrating the diverse representations of women on campus along with the overall mission of the Department of Diversity and Community Involvement, in which the WRC is housed, of supporting and empowering students and challenging systems and structures that perpetuate inequities.”
We truly believe that it is important to center our students and this decision is in line with this mission driven value.
The decision came after the resource center conducted a survey, asking respondents about “The Vagina Monologues.” Those opposed to the drama said they were concerned about the fact that the production excludes some women, namely those who don’t have vaginas.
Apparently, many of the people who liked the iconic production, which is centered on stigma surrounding female anatomy, still felt it should be updated to include people who don’t have female anatomy. Other colleges, including American University and Mount Holyoke College, decided to abandon play.
American University instead created a new play called “Breaking Ground Monologues” to “broaden the focus from specifically female genitalia to multiple identities and bodies” and Mount Holyoke College decided to scrap its annual performance of the production.