things no one else is saying

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 29, 2008

Unbelievable. The year is 2008. The scene is Notre Dame University. And the faculty hacks who defend the production of the V Monologues are still pretending that feminism is a marginal voice in the American university that takes special courage to assert against the Goliath of patriarchy. I sometimes wonder whether tenured academics undergo a kind of lobotomy that removes any critical historical awareness from their thinking.

Wolbrecht related the Monologues to the second wave of feminism that occurred in the 1960s. She compared it to the tactic of "conscious-raising," a technique of feminists to bring awareness of issues to the surface, to the often-criticized shock tactics used in the "Monologues."

"The idea was that through sharing they could see the degree to which their own lives were shaped, constrained, and dominated by gender," Wolbrecht said.

Wolbrecht said she was moved by the play. "I forgot how moving it is to see 20-year-olds speak about things no one else is saying," Wolbrecht said. "I was so inspired by this play."

Remember that ancient Bambi Meets Godzilla elegy? You'd need to be a professor, or a politician, to congratulate Godzilla on speaking the truth to power.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 31, 2008 7:30 PM ET USA

    Haven't ever seen it but somehow I find it difficult to imagine that there is anything that "no one else is saying" in respect to sex.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2008 9:12 AM ET USA

    "I sometimes wonder whether tenured academics undergo a kind of lobotomy that removes any critical historical awareness from their thinking." Nah. They just read Hegel.