I have said it before, and I am here to say it again… We are too sensitive a society anymore! With three commercials from the Super B… (uh wait, don’t want to get slapped with a fine) The BIG Game a few weeks ago being pulled for offending… It comes as little surprise that Florida is undergoing another big stink over a title.
A theater in Atlantic Beach, Florida gave into complaints from people over the title of their current play “The Vagina Monologues,” changing the name to the “Less Offensive” childlike name of “The HooHaa Monologues.” From the article:
They did this after a driver who saw it complained to the theater, saying she was upset that her niece saw it. “I’m on the phone and asked ‘What did you tell her?’ She’s like, ‘I’m offended I had to answer the question,'” Pfanenstiel said.”
What does this woman do when she drives by a strip club that says in big bold letters “NUDE FEMALE DANCERS?” How is she going to explain that to her child? Is she going to expect that club to change the sign on their marquee to say something like: “Women doing, well you know what guys!”? For that matter, what does she do when commercials come on TV for the Vaginal yeast infection? I know the subject isn’t going to be easy to approach with a little one… but, the fact is they are going to find out about these things wether you are with them or not. Better they get the facts from someone they know and trust, then someone else. And, being her niece, if she was really uncomfortable, she could have just told her to let her parents answer that one.
America really needs to give up it’s prudishness on this kind of thing. The vagina, like the penis, in and of itself is not vulgar, and if you are afraid to talk about it, it becomes vulgar. It is a natural part of the body, and a child is entitled to know what it is. You can explain to a child what the sexual organs are without having to tell them all the sordid details about it.
There was as much an outcry over changing the name, as there was over the name being there. Ultimately, thankfully, the artist complained about the name change, and the theater has since changed the title back to the original name. Of course the only reason they did so, is that the lawyers stepped in, and in order to be able to put on the production, it is under the condition there be no censorship involved whatsoever. So it was either cancel the production or change the name back.
No matter what you do, someone is always going to be offended. She better hope that “Puppetry of the Penis” doesn’t make it’s way to Atlantic Beach! 😉