Thursday, February 12, 2009

You're selling WHAT?!

by Peale Iglehart

This week, my friends and I have been selling clit cookies. Just your average blend of butter and sugar, a strategically-placed M&M or Reese’s Piece, and a healthy sprinkle of shock value. Reactions have been predictable: "The vagina (or in this culinary case, the vulva)?!" "We don’t really like to think about it, let alone look at it, or eat baked goods that look like it."

The vagina is to the female body as Voldemort is to the wizarding community. It’s “she-who-should-not-be-named.” It makes most of us—regardless of our gender—pretty uncomfortable. That’s the point of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, which is going up in Frist Performance Theater this weekend: Thursday February 12, Friday February 13, and Saturday February 14 at 8PM.

If you cringed at the sight of the clit cookie, or even if you didn’t, think about seeing The Vagina Monologues this weekend. (It’s directed by Equal Writes’ very own Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux ’11!) As The New York Times put it, “ The monologues are part of Eve Ensler’s crusade to wipe out the shame and embarrassment that many women still associate with their bodies or their sexuality. They are both a celebration of women’s sexuality and a condemnation of its violation.”

Sounds pretty awesome—and much-needed. And because I know a lot of people have reservations about it: the show, while certainly eligible for scrutiny, is not about man-bashing. It’s about lots of different women struggling with that powerful, frustrating, hushed-up, mysterious part of our bodies: the—shhh!—VAGINA!

And in case you needed a little more prodding to take a chomp of those cookies, all proceeds from them and from ticket sales benefit Womanspace shelter in Trenton, NJ.

So take a peek at The Vagina Monologues this weekend. Maybe when the curtains close, all of us—women and men—will blush a little less at the sight of those cookies.


At February 12, 2009 at 10:33 AM , Anonymous a_c said...

In that case I hope you are consistent and also support those pro-life posters with dead babies on 'em. Because they are certainly an underrepresented image in public discourse as well.

At February 12, 2009 at 6:06 PM , Anonymous Peale said...

I don't think that's a relevant comparison. The cookies are supposed to be a fun way to draw attention to a part of women's bodies that is often linked with embarrassment and shame. It's not about showing an underrepresented image just for the sake of it.


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