URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $9,981 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

An End to Ensler

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 24, 2004

It's become quasi-liturgical in its ritual predictability. A Catholic college announces it will stage Eve Ensler's V Monologues. Outraged alumni write Father President demanding action. Father President replies with the standard two paragraphs of clichés on the need to raise consciousness about violence against women. And of course the inevitable media coverage blitz always works to the benefit of the anti-family crowd.

Well, I have a suggestion for bringing the "V Monologues" to a halt.

You get jock fraternities to put on the play, casting their "little sisters" as the performers. No changes necessary; keep the script intact. Schedule it maybe for Ground Hog's Day, just to give faculty and admin hacks time after the Christmas break to read the posters and conjure up the mental picture of a roomful of Alpha Delts, all five or six tallboys to the good, wolf-whistling the actresses and hooting in testosterone-fueled glee at the trash-talk.

Overnight, from being a bold and disturbing exploration of emerging values, the "V Monologues" will become a threat to women's safety and an insult to feminists everywhere. Deans will give interviews against it. Chaplains will denounce it from the pulpit. The women's studies department will organize candlelight vigils in protest. And don't worry about the lubricious enjoyment given the frat boys, because there won't be any enjoyment. Father President will hold a press conference announcing the cancellation, and threatening to suspend any fraternity that disobeys.

It'll spoil Father's Valentine's Day, though.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($64,089 to go):
$150,000.00 $85,911.12
43% 57%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2004 7:24 PM ET USA

    Lets skip the colleges and start putting it on at parishes here in Los Angeles as a fund raiser. The archdiocese and many parishes are doing just that with "Late Nite Catechism" which is a total slam and mockery of religious life.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2004 4:41 PM ET USA

    Brilliant Diogenes! But I'm afraid most Frat boys have too much decency to put on a show like that. (maybe you could get a few bishops?)

  • Posted by: - Feb. 24, 2004 2:29 PM ET USA

    Not bad, Diogenes. Got any suggestions about how to do-in "coming-out week"?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days