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Betty Dodson on Vagina Monologues

2001-04-02 19:50:51+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Yeesh, when I went to see the Vagina Monologues I didn't get nearly the feeling of helplessness and hate everyone seems to be seeing in it. Sure, it felt a little outmoded, but I thought that was because I lived in the Bay Area. Maybe in other areas Eve Ensler has been a little more strident about linking the whole V-Day thing. Anyway, Betty Dodson piles on the Anti-Vagina Monologues backlash:

...that night at Madison Square Garden there was no complimentary ticket for Granny Dodson to attend the biggest "V-Day" rally to date. I was there only because my girlfriend had VIP tickets. She's convinced that without me, there would be no Vagina Monologues. I correct her, saying, "Cunt Dialogues, please—anything but vagina."

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:26+00 by: phoffman

Not sure what you mean by "felings of helplessness and hate". I saw it and loved it. Very deep, very moving. Many guys might walk away pissed from it, but they would probably walk away pissed from many things where people speak their truths.

FWIW, the audience the night I was there was 90-95% female, and the mood afterwards was overwhelmingly positive.

FWIW(2), the book covers most of the same ground as the performance. If you don't like one-person shows but want to know what's going on with the play, grab the book.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:31:27+00 by: Dan Lyke

I actually agree with you. All the evils that Betty Dodson and Camille Paglia and a bunch of others are seeing completely missed me. And I enjoyed the book too.