February 9, 2004
The Vagina Decorations
It's Vagina-Friendly Week at Ball State. No word yet on when they plan to hold Pro-Penis Week.
Meanwhile, students at Syracuse University are promoting their annual production of "The Vagina Monologues" with a giant six-foot vagina and other vagina-themed displays:
Their booth flows with glitter, glue and pipe cleaners for a "decorate-your-vagina" activity, but its main attraction is a 6-foot vagina.
Passers-by and vagina aficionados can donate a dollar to stick their heads through a hole cut near the top of the decorative, cardboard creation and have their pictures taken.
Additional information about the "decorate-your-vagina" activity was not available at the time of this posting. If you are a Syracuse student who has engaged in or witnessed such decorations, please do write to explain--especially the part about the glue. No word yet on when the good people at Syracuse plan to stage a "decorate-your-penis" day, or whether the student activities fund will pay to erect a six-foot photogenic penis in the student center. (If the reaction of certain Harvard women to the nine-foot snow phallus erected in Harvard Yard last winter is any indication, there won't be an analogous erection in the Syracuse student center any time soon)
Events at Ball State and Syracuse are part of an emerging national trend. Each year, colleges and universities across the country celebrate V-Day, as opposed to Valentine's Day, with productions of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" and a variety of related activities loosely centered on ending violence against women. Each year, too, coordinated campus efforts to "celebrate" female sexuality reach new heights of self-defeating absurdity. I suspect the Giant Syracuse Vagina cannot be topped. But I'm willing to be proved wrong. Send in your tales of campus V-Day festivities, I will post them accordingly, and then we can all judge for ourselves.
UPDATE: Maurice Black sends word that at Cornell, V-Day festivities include selling vagina-shaped lollipops and clothes-pins to raise money for the Ithaca Advocacy Center. So far, over 700 lollipops have been sold. I confess I am having trouble picturing these items. If anyone has pictures, please send them on.