Auditioning for Parts

I’ve not been posting much lately because I’ve been working on an involved application for a teaching job, and doing my other teaching-type jobs. (My goal is to have one job, not three.)

Anyway, here’s this lovely piece from the news: some girls presented sections of The Vagina Monologues, but the school officials decided that although they could present this play, they weren’t allowed to actually say the word,


Yeah, riddle me that one, Batman. It’s a part of the body, like gastrocnemius, only easier to spell. (Your gastrocnemius is your calf muscle.) Anyway, the girls went ahead and said the word, because trying to get through The Vagina Monologues without saying the V-word is well, silly, and is kind of like getting through Inherit the Wind without saying “evolution”. (Uh-oh, maybe I shouldn’t have suggested that!) As a result, the girls got suspended for insubordination.

Personally, I’d say it was worth it.


I can’t wait until I get to teach Biology. “Okay everyone, let’s practice these vocabulary words. Repeat after me. Epididymus.”

“Fallopian tube.”



“SCROTUM.” (titters)



“Vas deferens.”
“Vasss de-fer-ens.”

… We’ll never get out of there alive.


  1. Alyric said,

    16 March 2007 at 2:36

    Well the Vagina Monologues is a pretty sub-standard piece and I suspect that rational folks would be a bit chary of cheering for the sexual exploitation of a 13 year old, which is kind of ironic when you consider that this play was conceived as a fitting alternative to Valentine’s Day offerings.

    However, the kind of censorship in operation here should be just as strenuously objected as the attacks on campus freedom of speech emanating from proponents of the Vagina Monologues.

    What goes around, comes around it seems.

  2. Club 166 said,

    15 March 2007 at 21:57

    It’s somewhat sad that we’ll let our kids play some of the most violent video games one could imagine, but heaven forbid they utter the proper name of an anatomical part of a body…

  3. 15 March 2007 at 11:48

    This post has unleashed a blizzard of Billy Connolly things in my head and now I’m going to be having some seriously disruptive öhrwurm shit piling up in my head… my LibCaf pals are gonna love you, Andrea….

    Billy Connolly LittD (‘mostly Fs and Bs’):

    “Scrotum… isn’t that an ugly word?!

    Now, vagina…. sounds like a place you could go on holiday, doesn’t it?! Sounds like a lovely place… bloody-well is, too!”

  4. Sharon said,

    15 March 2007 at 10:47

    Forgive the typo…I wonder what a realted slang word is!

  5. Sharon said,

    15 March 2007 at 10:45

    But don’t you know, vagina (and realted slang words) are the nastiest words in the English language. Damn, now I’ve gone and said it…you’re such a bad influence!

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