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Claudia
Sun, Feb. 22nd, 2004 01:28 am
Yeah, that's what I was trying to say

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D. Fennel
Mon, Feb. 23rd, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)

I agree.

What I find most disturbing is the way that "vagina" is specifically replaced with "face" as the central image and trope of the three-part monologue in the second half.

I mean, faces are important! So is stopping violence against women! But the sudden change seems to be an invocation of the idea that sexism and sexual violence are the same, an idea whose shadow (it seems to me) makes it totally impossible to have conversations about people's everyday experiences of gender and sex without someone [male] saying, "Hey, I would never throw acid in a woman's face, so how dare you call me sexist?"

And it's not just the "face" thing; it's also that it's in third-person. If it weren't about a politically loaded subject, from a writer's point of view it seems to me that "The Memory Of Her Face" would just be an obtrusive misstep. I think it's telling that I haven't heard anyone object to the "Vagina Warriors" program; the thing that bothers me is not the use of The Vagina Monologues as a lever for political change -- it's what's implied by putting "Crooked Braid" and "The Memory Of Her Face" under the umbrella of the show's vagina-centered introduction and title.

Grr.


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