Friday, March 09, 2007

The Today Show, Awareness Tubers, and Vagina, 3/9/07

Don't know if you've heard about this story, but earlier this week three juniors at John Jay High school in Cross River, New York were suspended for saying 'vagina' during an open mic night. The girls were performing a piece from Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, and had been told ahead of time by the school's principal to take the line about their boxes out.
As a result the girl's were suspended, and appeared this morning on The Today Show with some sort of school official and Eve Ensler herself. Their suspension is under consideration by the superintendent, especially in light of the fact that there were students using actual "curse words," if you will, and faced no punishment.

I'm going to go ahead and say that these girls shouldn't be suspended; they should be expelled. Not because Vagina is an inappropriate word. I totally went into my take back the night, college mode re: this issue and agree with Ensler's assessment that we shouldn't be forced to be ashamed of our bearded clams by an opressive male hegemony.

I think these girls should get the boot because they are...horrible, HORRIBLE actresses/public speakers. Today, sitting across from Meredith on the couch, their big break came. They were asked to deliver the controversial line. In unison, they sounded like my second grade Catholic school class reciting times tables. They could have gotten a walk on role on The Hills out of this if they managed to muster up some sort of talent. Now all they'll get is Smith's dream of what a college entrance essay should be.

I hope this helps others see exactly twat the real issue here is.

4 comments:

Alanna said...

I can just see them now, saying, "There's nothing wrong with talking about our vaginas-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh..." (turns into Satan)

Jensational said...

Ha. I also blogged about this. Thought they were as bad as you were. Especially when they all giggled after "vagina!" Ugh.

Jensational said...

as you SAID they were. I am bad at typing. . .

Jeanette said...

Here, here. I find myself critcizing high school kiis like this more often, and that makes me feel old. As soon as I ever say something like, "In my day..." I hope someone euthanizes me.