What's not optional on campus is the straitjacket of conformity dictated by the politically correct culture, which imposes a vulgarization of just about everything between men and women. Feminism, which set out to empower women, now deconstructs them to the sum of their specific body parts. In "The Second Sex," which is required reading in most women's studies courses, Simone de Beauvoir describes a pregnant women as merely an incubator with eggs.
But that's the Old Testament of the bible of feminism. New Testament feminism is captured in Eve Ensler's play, "The Vagina Monologues." Although it purports to be a tract against violence against women, the play actually reduces women to the sexual object it sets out to liberate, offering explicit and voyeuristic descriptions of child rape, lesbian sex, and even a 6-year-old describing the vagina she probably didn't know she had. Eve Ensler says she was inspired by being sexually abused by her father.
"The Vagina Monologues" has become so popular on campus that on many campuses, "V-Day" has replaced St. Valentine's Day, with romance replaced by a "celebration" of female body parts, with recitations such as "My Angry Vagina" and "Reclaiming [Most Intimate Body Part]." Participants are encouraged to shout the four-letter word that women have always regarded as the vilest of all four-letter words. On one campus, the actress Glenn Close exhorts 2,500 young men and women to stand up and chant the word; Wesleyan University has established a "[vile word] workshop"; Roseanne Barr, who redefines the meaning of vile, performs in her underwear, discussing certain bodily scents, for an audience of 2,000. Devotees can buy the body part of the hour sculpted in glass, lollipops and lamps.
The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, which is dedicated to mentoring and training conservative women leaders on campus, has received so many complaints about V-Day that it recruits speakers to articulate alternative values, to talk about marriage, motherhood, and the accomplishments of women in professions other than exhibitionism.
"The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute," says its president, Michelle Easton, "sets out to reclaim the romance and beauty of Valentine's Day, to celebrate the intellect, strength, integrity, and spirit of the modern American woman, and promote respect in a way to honor -- rather than debase and degrade women." If the message is not shocking enough, the women speak fully clothed.