Friday, December 18, 2009

Men creating their own "Vagina Monologues"  

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I noticed a recent post in The Sexist about an all-male production in Washington, D.C. called "Deez Nuts" that basically markets itself as The Vagina Monologues for men.

Creating male Vagina Monologues-esque shows is nothing new. I'm all for people discussing sexuality (especially in public!) but the fact that "Deez Nuts" calls itself "an all male spin to The Vagina Monologues" rubs me the wrong way. It seems that this productions and other ones like it are created not to provide men with an outlet to discuss their sexuality, but to counter an all-women production that they feel excluded from. Patriarchy promotes the idea that whatever women have, men need to have too (well, at least whatever makes women feel empowered and liberated).

The problem is that men don't need a theatrical production to discuss their sexuality because men are allowed to discuss sex damn near whenever and wherever they please... women, however, are looked at as loud-mouthed sluts if they do the same. That's why there was a need for The Vagina Monologues to be created. But methinks "Deez Nuts" and all similar productions were created not from men expressing a need to talk about their sexuality, but from the mentality of: "Hey, where's our play? Where's our movement? What about the menz?!?!" My guess is that "Deez Nuts" wouldn't exist if The Vagina Monologues wasn't created first.

I just want to put it out there that there are some things that women can have that men can't. For hundreds of years, men have been receiving rights and privileges that were denied to women. I think men can handle not having their own Penis Monologues.

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3 comments: to “ Men creating their own "Vagina Monologues"


  • December 18, 2009 at 3:29 PM  

    Not to mention that the Vagina Monologues also raise money and awareness for domestic violence. I don't think the guys considered that at all. It feels like they're just mocking it.


  • September 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM  

    Vagina Monologues very good and original, congratulations for this funny idea, haha...

    Regards,
    Karen


  • September 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM  

    The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler which ran at the Off Broadway Westside Theatre after a limited run at HERE Arts Center in 1996. Ensler originally starred in the production which was produced by David Stone, Nina Essman, Dan Markley, The Araca Group, Willa Shalit and the West Side Theater. When she left the play it was recast with three celebrity monologists. The play has been staged internationally, and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by cable TV channel HBO. In 1998, Ensler and others, including Willa Shalit, a producer of the Westside Theatre production, launched V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised over $75 million for women's anti-violence groups through benefits of The Vagina Monologues.

    Regards,
    David