Wednesday, February 08, 2006

UVSC pulls the word Vagina

I only heard a tiny bit of this story..

The Public Relations representative for UVSC printed a calendar to advertise for the 3rd annual production of "The Vagina Monologues". He decided to advertise it on the calendar and on the marquee as The V______ Monologues. There is a whole campaign they developed to advertise for this so I guess they needed to be consistent..but why not spell it the entire way, I don't know. I wonder what UVSC's friend Michael Moore will have to say about this decision.


Nancy Williams said...

I did a News.Google search to get the Provo Daily Herald's story on this:

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

UVSC puts on annual play with shortened title

ANNA CHANG-YEN - Daily Herald

A local production of the "Vagina Monologues" will return to UVSC on Wednesday, but the college refuses to say the v-word.

A Utah Valley State College news release refers to the production, in its third year there, as "V-Day Monologues," and simply "Monologues." Spokesman Derek Hall said he made the call to omit "vagina" from the title in university communications after last year's production sparked complaints to college administration.

A news release issued separately by Errin Julkunen-Pedersen, a performer in the production and president of the sponsoring Gender Studies Club, retained the production's original title.

The timing might seem unfortunate for UVSC, after funding for a new library on campus was given the No. 2 spot by the legislative subcommittee that ranks funding for building projects for the state. "With our experience last year, the topic did come up with various legislators," Hall said. "We just reminded them this is a student club-sponsored event that was raising money for a good cause." He alerted college lobbyists on Saturday that the production was upcoming.

Hall said the v-word has not been banned at UVSC. "That's overstepping, because the group that's sponsoring the thing, they wouldn't agree with that. We're listing it as the 'V-Day Monologues.' "

According to Julkunen-Pedersen's news release, the play's cast of 30, made up of UVSC students, faculty and staff, will tell "true and often devastating stories" of violence against women and girls. The production is part of a V-Day commemoration -- "V" standing for vagina, victory and valentine -- an international program that raises awareness and money to end violence toward women, including sexual slavery, female genital mutilation (also known as female circumcision) and sexual abuse. V-Day was started by "Monologues" author Eve Ensler.

About 230 people, mostly students, attended last year's production.

Hall said he read the script and gives it an R rating. He advises anyone who is considering attending to research the play. "Personally, I don't deem it suitable for all audiences."

But he said the event does raise money for a good cause. Proceeds will go to the Donner-Galbraith Scholarship Fund, set up in memorial of two students, Jennifer Galbraith and Blake Donner, who died while swimming in a cave in Provo in 2005. The two will be honored as the 2006 Vagina Warriors.

The production is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UVSC's Centre Stage. Buy tickets at Campus Connection, 863-8797, for $7 with UVSC ID, $10 without.

--Anna Chang-Yen can be reached at 344-2549 or
This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A1.

galit said...

Thanks aggie blue, I tried looking for articles but had no such success.