The Vagina Monologues is “antiquated” because it suggests “that in order to be a woman, you must have a vagina,” an American University student has claimed.
Kendall Baron, a junior and a staffer at the Women’s Initiative, criticized the famous feminist play in an email first obtained by Campus Reform. The play “represents a binary representation of gender,” she wrote redundantly.
So instead of performing the famous feminist play, the Women’s Initiative solicited new monologues that “make this a place for all bodies regardless of gender identity.”
The Vagina Monologues, once widely embraced, has fallen out of favor beyond American University.
For the past three years, students at Whitman College decided to abandon The Vagina Monologues in favor of a “Breaking Ground” show where students performed works discussing their own bodies.
Likewise, last year, the all-women’s Mount Holyoke College cancelled the Vagina Monologues because had become “increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive,” one student wrote to the campus, explaining the Theatre Board’s decision.
Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, wrote last year that students’ rejection of her play surprised her.
“The Vagina Monologues never intended to be a play about what it means to be a woman,” she wrote in Time. “It is and always has been a play about what it means to have a vagina. In the play, I never defined a woman as a person with a vagina.”