At this year’s edition of “The Vagina Monologues” jointly staged by Columbia University and Barnard College, the producers have outlawed the vaginas of white students.
The producers unanimously chose to ban white people and their vaginas from participating in the episodic play because they believe white women have been over-represented in past performances, reports The College Fix. They say white women are over-represented in mainstream feminist discourse as well.
Auditions are Wednesday, Oct. 9th for the segregated, separate-but-equal production of “The Vagina Monologues” to be staged by the two prestigious Manhattan schools.
“Barnard-Columbia V-Day is excited to announce that our annual production of The Vagina Monologues will feature an all self-identified women of color cast this year,” trumpets a Facebook page entitled Barnard/Columbia Vagina Monologues ’14 Auditions.
“The Vagina Monologues has historically overlooked the empowerment of women of color, queer women, and trans* folk, among others—often replicating and perpetuating the same systems of power and privilege that prompted the playwright, Eve Ensler, to write The Vagina Monologues in the first place,” the Facebook page explains.
The page goes on to excoriate “mainstream Western feminism” for “the marginalization and erasure of these groups” and the “failure to consider the effects of power structures outside gender within the feminist community.”
Full-time tuition at Columbia is about $49,000 per year. Just across the street at Barnard, full-time tuition is about $42,000 per year. These figures don’t include room and board.
“The Vagina Monologues” is a series of soliloquies designed to be read by women. Initially, back in 1996, Ensler, the pasty-white playwright, performed the entire show herself. It is now common to have a number of women perform the monologues. Also, actors choose their monologues, so each piece isn’t necessarily used in a given production.
A sampling of the monologues on offer includes “My Angry Vagina,” “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” and “The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could.”