Meanwhile, The New Red Guard carries on …
Under the banner, “you can’t make this stuff up”, enjoy the following bit of idiocy:
Southwestern University in Texas has canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because its author, Eve Ensler, is white — and featuring a performance written by a white lady would just not be inclusive to women of other races.
Instead, the school will host a performance of “We are Women,” which promises to “address similar experiences while emphasizing women of color,” according an article in the Megaphone, the school’s official newspaper.
Well, it promotes “similar experiences” except for white women I guess. Who knew “women of color” didn’t have vaginas?
Yes, this is indeed patently absurd. The Vagina Monologues was written as a feminist play to emphasize the supposed problems of women. Thus it was totally inclusive of … women. But not inclusive enough for The New Red Guard.
Cancelling performances of “The Vagina Monologues” has become a bit of a trend on college campuses these days. For example, just last year, all-women’s Mount Holyoke College canceled its own performance on the grounds that the production was not “inclusive” enough to people who identify as women but do not have actual vaginas.
No, really … it’s all about their definition of “inclusivity” and a feminist play, if written by a white woman, just doesn’t make the grade anymore.
You have to laugh at this sort of nonsense to remain sane. The one sterling good coming out of all of this is at whom many of these attacks are aimed. Leftists. Old Guard leftists. And a more deserving group I cannot imagine.
But the real point here is the implied claim that whites, no matter their gender, have nothing of value to say or add. This isn’t new by any stretch, it’s just become more common. For instance, this from early last year from The New Red Guard at, yeah, Berkeley:
We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.
Of course, if you look closely, it’s not just “white men” they’re shooting at, it is the foundational philosophies of the West. Apparently they believe that if there were women and persons of color writing philosophy during the same eras, they must have had something just as important to say, seeing as how their cultures matured equally with that of the West (and yeah, I know that some of the dead white dudes were not especially enamored of the West’s culture at the time). What the TNRG don’t seem to understand is they live in Western culture and the class is about “classical social theory” and thus likely wouldn’t include philosophers who had no impact on that “classical society” or those who lived outside of it and had no impact.
But this is all about gender and skin color … not context or logic.
Speaking of context and logic, James Lileks adds them:
College, apparently, is now a place where the notions of people freshly matriculated from high school must be handled with oven mitts and lightly buffed with soft cloth lest their orthodoxies suffer the slightest abrasion. Like the school that canceled the annual performance of The Vagina Monologues because it othered non-traditional women who lacked the titular orifice, it’s a delightful example of leftist autophagy. Marx is in foul order in Berkeley not for his ideas, or the heaps of corpses accumulated in his name, but because he had a prostate.
Yes, indeed. Oh, and because he was white.