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Amherst's Feminist Monologues ^ | 1/30/04 | Michael P. Tremoglie

Posted on 01/30/2004 3:43:23 AM PST by kattracks

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee banned "West Side Story" because its members said it stereotyped Puerto Ricans. They banned "Peter Pan" because it stereotyped Native Americans. Yet they want the play the "Vagina Monologues" performed even though it stereotypes males and Christians -- not to mention the fact that it's crude and arguably pro-pedophilia.

Most disturbing about the play is the fact that it features the seduction of a female minor by an adult woman, legitimizing predatory sexual behavior before an audience of minors. It seems the Amherst School Committee is indoctrinating rather than educating.

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee approved the performance of the controversial play at the Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although the school committee believes it is appropriate and even necessary to prohibit plays that they feel are slurs against certain ethnic groups (even if they are not; the heroes of "West Side Story" are also Puerto Rican). Conversely, they also feel the need to promote slurs against certain genders and religions.

The School Committee hearing featured those who advocated the play including the District Superintendent Jere Hochman, and those who objected to it. Comments from the advocates included one Rob Okun, who was quoted in the Daily Hampshire Gazette as saying, "The play offers a unique perspective on female sexuality by ''taking it out of the...pop culture and putting it into the educational context…probably one of the most important steps in the gender that we are championing.''

Gender healing? According to what has been written about the play by those who have seen it, references to men in the play are negative. This is true about references to Christians, as well. Indeed, one monologue states, "Christians don't have vaginas." This is, of course, quite a shock to obstetricians and gynecologists of all religions.

Even Betty Dodson, a sex educator who is an international authority on women's sexuality, and whose feminist credentials cannot be questioned, panned the play. She said the play represents the worst form of anti-male, anti-sex feminism.

After writing the play Eve Ensler became interested in having her play serve the noble purpose of educating the public about violence against women. However, while she may want to discourage bigotry and violence towards women, she encourages the negative stereotyping of men and Christians

The Amherst controversy is not about free speech, as its protagonists would have us believe. The Amherst controversy is about promoting a certain philosophy and lifestyle, to minors no less. Presenting it as a noble venture to prevent violence against women is just smoke and mirrors. Their only goal is to further the radical feminist cause -- at the risk of legitimizing statutory rape and sexualizing minors in the audience in the process.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: amherst; childabuse; education; feminists

1 posted on 01/30/2004 3:43:23 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
This is a public school receiving Federal Money and State Money. Feel free to contact them with your "pithy" comments........

(Amherst-Pelham Regional School)

Scroll to the bottom for contacts.

2 posted on 01/30/2004 4:32:41 AM PST by yoe (Join STOP Hillary 2111 Wilson Blvd #700, Arlington, VA 22201)
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To: kattracks
Indeed, one monologue states, "Christians don't have vaginas"

Terminator voice : "Amherst's vaginas became self aware on Aug 28, 2001 and began assimilating the student body...on Nov 1 they pulled the plug....It was too late....

The vaginas launched a full out attack on its enemies... SAC-GONADZ...World War Three had begun"

3 posted on 01/30/2004 5:13:17 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: hellinahandcart; NYC GOP Chick
4 posted on 01/30/2004 5:29:16 AM PST by sauropod (Better to have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!)
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To: joesnuffy
I have written my own serious work, which I call "Talkin' with my pee-pee". It examines male sexuality from the point of view of idiot gender/body part/flannel wearing feminists.
The swordfighting scene alone is worth the ticket price.
5 posted on 01/30/2004 5:31:01 AM PST by steve8714
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To: sauropod; hellinahandcart
Not surprising. I went to college in nearby Northampton, and this doesn't surprise me at all. I'm just glad that I was out of college and back here in New York before this talking cooters play was written!

That whole part of Western Mass. is like a time and space warp that never left the early 1970s.

6 posted on 01/30/2004 5:32:09 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The State Dept. is in desperate need of a USA Desk.)
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To: kattracks
Amherst is nice place to live and work, especially in the summer, when all the unversity kids are far away. And if you don't have children in the school system. And you detest convenient parking. And you think America = racism and hate.
7 posted on 01/30/2004 5:37:20 AM PST by Gefreiter
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