Monday, May 02, 2005

This is most definitely a case of what's good for the goose not being good for the gander.

(from Pablo again! -gracias, amiguito!)


Ann Althouse poses us this question:

Very funny! Seems to me the university shouldn't be engaging in viewpoint discrimination. There should be vagina/penis parity. Quite aside from all of this, why isn't everyone tired of "The Vagina Monologues" by now? It was always a bad play.

Pablo thinks that it's because V-Day takes itself far more seriously than its antithesis. Myself, I think it has something to do with the fact that with its "shocking" language (potty language being the language of empowerment for females?) and thoughtless "feel good" sensibility, it's far more accessible than some of the more serious literature featuring "loose lips" out there.

Diderot's histoire is on one level is a titillating fantasy. On another level, it's an interesting political/philosophical treatise as well as a humorous, loving musing on what's going on behind the public faces of women. Much more feminist than the Ensler play. A far better read, too - the language is gorgeous and won't leave you feeling like you have to take a shower afterwards. All from a Dead White Enlightenment Era Guy. Imagine that.

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