Should We Talk About This?
I applaud The Tech for publishing Maral Shamloo’s personal reaction to The Vagina Monologues. If I had such strong feelings about the show, I would feel extremely frustrated and silenced if there was no forum in which I could express my views. I therefore find it confounding that in the process of expressing herself, Ms. Shamloo advocates that other women’s voices be silenced.
I did not choose to be in The Vagina Monologues to beg for a rapist’s mercy, or to bask in the excitement of making people uncomfortable. By exposing the deepest feelings of the woman I represent, and by extension my own, I do not ask to be raped or verbally abused. Rather, I conquer those hurtful actions by reclaiming them as my strength, and hope to help other women find their own strength by my example.
Seeing that Ms. Shamloo found the courage to express her unpopular views in direct reaction to seeing the show, I feel satisfied that the cast and crew of The Vagina Monologues have at least in small part done their job.
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