Mike Adams
In 2003, the Women?s Resource Center (WRC) at UNC-Wilmington embarrassed the university by placing an obscene advertisement for The Vagina Monologues (TVM) just outside the entrance to the school cafeteria. The sign, reading ?p-----s unite,? was even seen by children entering the cafeteria with their parents.

Last week, the WRC decided to advertise TVM on the lighted marquee in front of the university. Wilmington residents were greeted by the word ?vagina? flashing in bright lights as they passed the university on the way to work, to school, or to church. In fact, the flashing ?vagina? sign was positioned right across the street from the Greek Orthodox Church and the administrative headquarters of the local Baptist Church.

Because it was located in one of the most heavily traveled thoroughfares in the city, the flashing ?vagina? marquee was considered distasteful by more than just a few church-goers. Those who actually attended were even more shocked when they saw lollipops shaped like vaginas on sale in the entrance to Kenan Auditorium. The lollipops were called ?p---y pops.? Several ?distinguished? members of our university community walked around licking the sex-organ-shaped treats in an apparent display of feminist empowerment.

Before entering the play, attendees were handed a program, which listed various skits to be performed. The skits included ?My angry vagina,? ?My vagina was my village,? ?The little coochie snorcher that could,? and ?Reclaiming c--t.? For many, the highlight (or lowlight) of the show was a skit called ?A six-year-old girl was asked.? This skit asked a child questions like ?If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear??; ?If it could speak what would it say?? and; ?What does your vagina smell like??

Fortunately, an actual six-year-old was not used in this particular production. Feminists occasionally make smart decisions. Even blind squirrels occasionally find nuts.

Unbelievably, the brochure passed out at TVM claimed the following: ?Since the US occupation and regime change in Iraq, women have lost more freedom than they?ve gained.? Director Kathleen Berkeley continues the tradition of using the WRC to promote anti-Bush propaganda, even after the Kerry defeat.

But the most embarrassing part of the evening occurred when UNC-W Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo was recognized in public by the Vagina Warriors for establishing a domestic violence task force in the wake of the murders of two UNC-W students. This recognition was given despite DePaolo?s public admission that she spent less time on the murders of the two students than she spent on a hazing incident involving the UNC-W swim team. Both murdered women had been stalked by male students with prior criminal records.


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.