Vagina Monologues at Catholic Institutions
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The Vagina Monologues at Gonzaga University
In 2002 the first major proposal to host the Vagina Monologues at Gonzaga University, resulted in a decision by then- President Father Robert Spitzer, S.J., to ban the performance. After a vote, the Gonzaga Board of Trustees supported Spitzer’s decision. Father Spitzer retired as president in 2009.
In 2010, students accompanied by faculty and the Women’s and Gender Studies department again proposed the Vagina Monologues performance on campus. After deliberation and discussion among Gonzaga’s administration, it was reported on March 19, 2010 that Interim President Thayne McCulloh, although in support of the Monologues, would uphold the decision of Father Spitzer’s 2002 ban. McCulloh stated in an email to the University that he “could not ignore the historical context that informs review of the current proposal.” As a result of Dr. McCulloh’s decision, the supporters of the Vagina Monologues held on campus protests the day the play was originally scheduled to be performed. The play was performed instead at an off-campus location.
In March 2011, it was announced that for the first time in Gonzaga University’s history, the Vagina Monologues will be allowed on campus. (Palmer, 2011) The women and gender studies program, the English department, the sociology department, the Honors Program, and the Institute for Hate Studies all teamed up to sponsor Monologues, Dialogues, & Stories, Interdisciplinary Academic Discussion on Women’s Narratives, Catholic Theologies, Violence Against Women, and ‘The Vagina Monologues. On April 10th, 2011 the first performance of “The Vagina Monologues” was performed in Wolff Auditorium at Gonzaga.
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) launched a campaign to stop “The Vagina Monologues” performances and a public reading, on Catholic Campuses, across the United States was a success. A then-record-low 22 Catholic colleges and universities hosted the “Monologues in February and March, a significant decline from 27 performances or readings in 2005, 29 in 2004, and 32 in 2003. As of 2010, the Cardinal Newman Society reported that there were 14 Catholic colleges and universities hosting the Monologues. It was later noted that in 2010, only 13 catholic institutions hosted the Monologues.
The Cardinal Newman Society reported the presentation after much protest, stating that with Gonzaga University’s production of the performance on campus, the count of productions on Catholic campuses in 2011 had risen to 14: ten of those schools being Jesuit institutions.
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