The Vagina Monologues mistaken for hypocrisy
To the Editors:
I am writing in response to Gil Barndollar's contribution on The Vagina Monologues that appeared in the March 5 edition of the Orient. I appreciate Mr. Barndollar's efforts to initiate discussion about the V-Day movement and about the Monologues in particular; the show is meant to be provocative.
Unfortunately, Barndollar has mistaken the show's depiction of the complexity of the female sexual experience for hypocrisy.
I was particularly struck by Barndollar's suggestion that to be pro-choice is to have no respect for unborn children. Contrary to what Barndollar wrote in his article, those who are pro-choice believe that every child should be wanted and planned for. Like pro-choicers, Dean Hazlett's character respects a woman's ability to reproduce. Perhaps some of the women in this year's Monologues will be marching in Washington; they will be doing so to protect their right to control their bodies, just as The Vagina Monologues aims to protect women's choices regarding their inextricably linked sexuality and reproduction.
Kerry Elson '05
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