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Vagina Monologues not the answer

Observer Viewpoint | Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I am a woman, voicing my freedom in response to Maribel Morey’s letter “More than just the heterosexual male point of view” (Jan. 30), lest we go on under the delusion that heterosexual males are the only ones in opposition to the production of The Vagina Monologues on campus. I sincerely sympathize with the harassment you faced during your time at Notre Dame, Morey, but I must say I disagree with your response. The answer to over-sexed males who hang nude pictures of girls in their dorm rooms, say things they have no right to say and look where they have no right to look is not to match them in vulgarity. This approach offends not only Catholic values, but also public decency. By all means, something must be done – but something positive, that will work towards the end of disrespect for sexuality, not something that will prolong it. And the Vagina Monologues do prolong disrespect for sexuality by making one of God’s most beautiful gifts an everyday word to be thrown around for shock value.

I also am appalled by your insinuation that Mother Teresa would be a staunch supporter of The Vagina Monologues, a production with close ties to Planned Parenthood. Let me clarify that we are talking about the same Mother Teresa. The Mother Teresa I am familiar with said, “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” Be careful who you twist to support your views, Morey. Mother Teresa is one woman whose name should not be linked to this production. As a woman, as a proud Catholic (who happens to support Vatican doctrine, as all true Catholics do) and as a supporter of an end to violence against women, I beg this University of Our Lady to look for another way to support the cause of the Vagina Monologues.

Kateri BrownseniorLewis HallJan. 30