In a stunning display of stupidity, a New York school has suspended 3 honour students for using the word vagina. Oh did I mention it was during a reading from the Vagina Monologues?
The excerpt from “Monologues” was read Friday night, among various readings at an event sponsored by the literary magazine at John Jay High School in Cross River, a New York City suburb. Among the other readings was a student’s original work and the football coach quoting Shakespeare.
The girls took turns reading the excerpt until they came to the word, then said it together.
“My short skirt is a liberation flag in the women’s army,” they read. “I declare these streets, any streets, my vagina’s country.”
But Principal Richard Leprine said Tuesday that the girls were punished because they disobeyed orders, not because of what they said.
The event was open to the community, including children, and the word was not appropriate, Leprine said in a statement. He said the girls had been told when they auditioned that they could not use the word.
Reback said Tuesday that no one in the audience was younger than high school age. “What did we do that was so wrong?” she asked. “We were insubordinate, but the reason we were insubordinate was that we talked about our body.”
Now granted they ‘only’ received a one day in school suspension.
More importantly, they received a monumental life lesson on what it means to be born with a vagina.