Return of the V-logs
Last weekend, my sweetheart and I found ourselves driving a teen to a play in downtown Tacoma. She was going to take the city bus to her destination, but we thought we'd save her the trouble. On the way, she informed us she and her drama class were going to hear "The Vagina Monologues."
She told us she wanted to get a "my vagina is angry" button.
So I asked the obvious question, "Is yours angry?"
She replied, "No"
"Then why do you want the button?"
"I just think it's cool."
I suppose latching on to the latest fad is better than accepting Eve Ensler's message. It is a shame having an "angry vagina" is the cool thing in her high school.
A psychologist friend of mine who is not catholic and would not necessarily find the licentiousness of the play morally offensive, still did not like it. She thought all of the negativity and anger in the play was "unhealthy." I agree. The last thing the young and innocent need is to harbor anger, especially the kind promulgated by radical feminism.
Women have just cause to be concerned about the way they are treated in today's culture. Many women have been harmed by the lust of men. I am very sorry for that. Early feminists attempted to correct the problem by demanding more from men, and their men rose to the occasion.
Modern feminists of Eve Ensler's ilk have taken a different approach. Instead of demanding more from men, they demand less from themselves. Instead of insisting men not give in to their lusts, they have given into lust themselves. They have sought to be equals in the sexual revolution and it has hurt them badly. Contraception, abortion, no-fault divorce and free love have made it easier for men to use and abuse women sexually.
Assuming a woman gives her consent, and far too many do, a man can sleep with a woman, use abortion and/or contraception to avoid children, and then dump her with no consequences. That is a problem.
Eve Ensler's solution is to get angry, swear off men all together and become a lesbian (heterosexual sex is never treated positively in the v-logs). Encouraging young women to get angry is not the answer to happy relations between the sexes.
Encouraging women to respect themselves, to recognize and be the beautiful prizes that they are, and to demand more from the men in their lives is the answer. Men will step up.
Ladies, expect more and you'll get it.
Saint Katharine Drexel, pray for us.