The other F word

February 25, 2010 | NeW Staff

As I was surfing the web today, I came across a very interesting title on I Am Woman Hear Me Toot

Naturally I had to see what this was all about.  Mike Adams, professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, questions why radical feminists should stop after reclaiming the c-word and orgasms.  You may wonder how feminists attempted to “reclaim” these.  It began with Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues (TVM) where women repeatedly shout the c-word and imitate sounds made during an orgasm.  This is all performed on stage and in front of an audience supposedly in an effort to close the gender gap between men and women. 

But, Adams asks, why not go all the way and reclaim passing gas? He writes,

So, today, I propose that we add another monologue to TVM performances. This new monologue will be called “Reclaiming Toot.” It may sound unusual but it really isn’t. After all, feminists say the stigma associated with the c-word can be removed by simply saying the c-word over and over. So why not repeatedly break wind in front of a bunch of howling students until the toot loses its power to control women?

The article is in jest, of course, but highlights an important point about the fallacies of The Vagina Monologues.  Rather than empower women, the play objectifies women and perpetuates the notion that women are little more than their body parts.  What do you think…does TVM actually support women or is it a step backward?

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