You can't say vagina in one Minnesota high school. A button bought at a production of the Vagina Monologues brings some students into conflict with the school.
The Vagina Monologues is, to the outrage of many, being staged at a cultural center in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa. For the past few weeks, the play has been a key topic of debate, with many radio stations even refusing to utter the name of the play out loud, and shaming call-in listeners that do. Today, the local media council announced that “to the extent that the play promotes illegal, unnatural sexual acts, homosexuality and prostitution, it should be and is hereby banned, citing the play as "a smokescreen for graphic lesbian pornography" and that the play's "graphic descriptions of masturbation, rape, and genital mutilation in a manner that is “abhorrent, outrageous and disgusting." Local NGOs are even refusing to accept funds generated by the sale of tickets.
"Nobody here is a bad person," she said. "Nobody here failed at the show. We failed as a community." Protestors unleash rage and sorrow against a University of Oregon production of "The Vagina Monologues." The issue? The queer community, the women of color community, and the plus-size community did not feel represented. At that rate, "the fact that they had auditions means that some people are automatically excluded." The solution? Replace auditions with nominations from student groups, looking past the "drama-oriented" to the politically active. More here.