The WRC announced its decision in an email, which came after the center evaluated responses from a survey. Survey respondents opposing the production consistently indicated they were concerned that the play centers on cisgender women, that the play's version of feminism excludes some women, including trans women, and that overall, "The Vagina Monologue" lacks diversity and inclusion. The survey was launched as a result of conversations with current students, as well as feedback from a WRC workshop titled "Not all women have vaginas," during the academic year.
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Baron goes on to note that the Vagina Monologues impose the gender binary on women and uphold a definition of the human person that assumes people are nothing more than their body parts. Regarding the criteria for proposed monologues, Baron explains that the only expectation is that students discuss some subject involving their bodies, which can relate to any context, including sexuality, trauma, and even food. There is no right way to write this monologue. Campus Reform reached out to Baron for comment on the matter, and is currently awaiting a response.
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