A student group at the all-women Mount Holyoke College is putting an end to an annual tradition, deeming it to be "inherently reductionist and exclusive." That tradition is a yearly production of Eve Ensler's famed Vagina Monologues, often performed across the country in February to raise awareness about violence against women.
According to an email obtained by the site Campus Reform, the student-run Project Theatre decided to permanently cancel the production because it perpetuates the idea that you're only a woman if you have a vagina. "At its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman," the email read. "Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions."
Instead, the group will put on an original production that's more inclusive of transgender people, and it will also provide more diverse perspectives about race and class. The group came to the decision after consulting students on campus through a mass survey about whether to continue the play as is, according to a statement from the school.
The announcement comes the same school year as the Massachusetts college decided to accept anyone who is "female or identifies as a woman," though the student group made the decision independently.
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