Leaders at a college in Michigan decided to cancel its production of “The Vagina Monologues” because it’s discriminatory, given “not all women have vaginas.”
The women’s resource center at Eastern Michigan University put the kibosh on the famous production since it caters only to women who have the physical anatomy that accompanies the female sex, according to The Ann Arbor News.
The decision came after the resource center conducted a survey, asking respondents about “The Vagina Monologues.” Those opposed to the drama said they were concerned about the fact that the production excludes some women, namely those who don’t have vaginas.
Due to copyright laws, the play cannot be modified to include transgender women, so the school is just scrapping it altogether.
The resource center issued the following statement on the show’s cancelation:
We feel that making this decision is in line with the WRC mission of recognizing and celebrating the diverse representations of women on campus along with the overall mission of the Department of Diversity and Community Involvement, in which the WRC is housed, of supporting and empowering minoritized students and challenging systems and structures that perpetuate inequities.
We truly believe that it is important to center our minoritized students and this decision is in line with this mission driven value.
Some of the survey’s respondents said it’s just time to give up on “The Vagina Monologues,” written in 1994 by activist Eve Ensler, because the play can’t fit into today’s far-left feminist movement.
The resource center’s email read, in part, “This created a need to ask the question: Do we still need ‘The Vagina Monologues?’ And, are ‘The Vagina Monologues’ still relevant to next-generation feminists?”
Apparently, many of the people who liked the iconic production, which is centered on stigma surrounding female anatomy, still felt it should be updated to include people who don’t have female anatomy.
Other colleges, including American University and Mount Holyoke College, decided to abandon play.
American University instead created a new play called “Breaking Ground Monologues” to “broaden the focus from specifically female genitalia to multiple identities and bodies” and Mount Holyoke College decided to scrap its annual performance of the production.