Letter to the Editor: ‘Vagina Monologues’ are disrespectful


I would like to comment on the piece about Eve Ensler (“‘The Vagina Monologues’ probes delightfully deeper,” Feb. 23).

Eve makes “The Vagina Monologues” sound like a Godsend for all who care about women’s issues. Indeed, there are very serious issues that face women in the world (especially fear of rape and other forms of exploitation). However, if we are to increase respect for femininity and end violence against women, “The Vagina Monologues” does not sound like the solution.

In my opinion, it does not foster respect for women. On the contrary, by using debasing slang and innuendo to describe what is supposed to be revered, “The Vagina Monologues” demeans this magnificent piece of not only anatomy, but also life.

This is like trying to help men understand the hardships and terror of warfare by having them play “Ghost Recon.” If the goal is to increase respect, respectful language and scenarios should be used.

In addition, I believe that respect comes from more than just anatomical familiarity with the vagina. It comes from comprehension of the physical, mental and emotional relationship between a man and a woman.

While “The Vagina Monologues” opens discussion, it is not productive because it doesn’t aid in achieving the noble goals of respect for femininity and the end of violence against women.

Daniel Allen

Senior, Physics