Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Annual Show of Defiance

It's February, which means it's time yet again, for certain Catholic In Name Only Colleges to make their "annual show of defiance" by putting on their own versions of the Vagina Monologues. This year there's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that USF isn't going to be hosting the play (I'll even put a USF t-shirt picture up to greet that glad news! The rest of the subject gets a giant Sadie Frown).

Unfortunately they aren't doing the right thing because the Holy Spirit finally hunted them down and knocked them over the heat with common sense (and Catholic values!). The California Catholic article below tells the real motivation:
"The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco had been among 14 Catholic colleges or universities in the U.S. planning to host productions this year of the controversial play “The Vagina Monologues,” The Cardinal Newman Society reports.

But, according to the Foghorn, USF's student newspaper, the show will not go on.

"For the last 10 years at USF, the month of February has been notable for the College Players rendition of the Vagina Monologues," reports the Foghorn. "This year, however, students can expect to miss out on the highly anticipated play."

The play's cancellation had nothing to do with moral qualms about its content, but was the result of apparent administrative and funding problems. "College Players have been placed on suspension since Dec. 6, 2010," the Foghorn reported. "After eight months on probation, the student organization can no longer produce shows or host social events until March 31, 2011."

Of the other Catholic schools identified by The Cardinal Newman Society, 10 are run by the Jesuits.

“Since CNS began protesting the Monologues in 2003, performances have dropped from a high of 32,” said a news item posted on the Newman Society’s website. “But on some Catholic campuses, the Monologues has become an annual display of defiance against traditional marriage and sexual morality...”"

Read the entire article here.
And then came the names of the other schools still hosting the play. They are:

Bellarmine University
Boston College
College of Saint Rose
College of the Holy Cross
DePaul University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
John Carroll University
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University
Saint Mary’s College (IN)
Seattle University
University of Detroit Mercy

I'll admit, that when Paul read me the list I was a little joyful. I asked him to be sure... My alma mater, Saint Mary's College of California, was not there. He repeated that it was not. Could it be? Had the few remaining brothers finally decided to make Saint Mary's be the college that it had the potential, somewhere deep down, to actually be.

So I googled a little. And I found this. Ugh:
Friday, February 11

3pm and 8pm, Soda Center

V-Day is a world wide movement to stop violence against women and girls. It also promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

Using monologues from Eve Ensler's famous play, 'The Vagina Monologues', SMC's V-Day will bring inspiring, heartbreaking, hilarious, and eye opening stories to the stage for 2 shows on Feb. 11th 2011.
Now since I can still recall my roommate rehearsing for this play when I was a student I can say that some of these adjectives are accurate. It is neither inspiring nor hilarious. It is heartbreaking.

Please pray for our Catholic Colleges.


  1. I'd be shocked if Seattle U didn't have the Monologues. Yes, it's a Catholic college, but the people I knew from there were overwhelmingly more liberal than folks I knew at the University of Washington.

  2. I worked at Blockbuster throughout college. One day I saw this had come in to preview before we put it on the shelves. I thought it was just stand-up comedy. I took it home and about 10 minutes into it, I was wide-eyed in disbelief and was absolutely disgusted. My roommates walked in, and they, too, were stunned.

    Our college started putting the play on my last semester. All of the girls involved wore pink shirts that said, "My short skirt has nothing to do with you." It was absolutely ridiculous--and they did NOT like it when you pointed out that they had it wrong.

  3. I love the idea of wearing dresses everyday. It is so feminine and something you just don't see anymore. I only have two problems. I do not own a dress or skirt at all and secondly, I don't know where to find any modest dresses. Most of the dresses I have seen look like a tshirt you would want to wear with jeans. Where do you find you clothes?

  4. Hi Anonymous- I've slowly acquired clothes that work over the last few years because it is tough to find modest dresses/skirts/tops! I got some of my favorite pieces at garage sales. If we had more thrift shops in this area I would check those out regularly too. A lot of my clothing came from end of the season clearance sales at JCPennys. And I keep my eye on the clearance section at Old Navy too! Depending on the season Target occasionally has dresses and skirts that work also. I do layer a lot! Camisoles underneath and the cami-secret bibs I wear help bring up necklines in dresses that I wouldn't usually consider modest enough for me! Good luck!


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