For starters, the play is extremely anti-male. Nearly all of the men featured in the play are despicable characters. The only “positive” male character is “Bob,” who enjoys staring at vaginas. It’s difficult to see how that is a redeeming quality, but in the context of the play he stands out as the most worthy male.
You might not be surprised that men are stereotyped, but women are too as they are constantly treated as sex objects. The plays message, after all, is that women’s path to empowerment is “embracing” their vaginas. They should aim to “be” their vaginas and discover themselves through sexual acts. The Monologues blatantly promote promiscuous behavior—a message that could be easily construed as socially irresponsible in an age where sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise among young people and women are especially vulnerable to STDs.
The women of New Orleans have certainly had a rough time recently with the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. It’s hard to see how a vagina parade or slam poetry session will help them recover, let alone stop violence against women (there are after all, other ways to hold a fundraiser). The women of New Orleans—women everywhere actually—deserve a positive message about women and relationships. And if V-Day’s past behavior is any guide, they are not capable of providing that message.
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