Some students at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island got fed up with their campus’s annual celebration of V-Day, the radical feminists’ paen to the female reproductive system featuring the obligatory production of Eve Ensler’s graphic anti-male play The Vagina Monologues. So the College Republicans at Roger Williams decided to fight back with a tasteless, in-your-face, genitalia-fixated holiday of their own: P-Day.
So guess what’s happened? The two student-organizers of P-Day, Monique Stuart and Andy Mainiero, received a letter of reprimand from the university and are now on probation, reports IWF board member Christina Hoff Summers in National Review Online. Guess what happened to the organizers of Roger Williams’s V-Day in February? Nothing. College administrators just love V-Day, which is now celebrated on some 600 campuses nationwide. But P-Day? We can’t have that.
Let’s compare the two celebrations at Roger Williams. Here’s what Christina reports about V-Day:
“The week before V-Day, the Roger Williams campus was plastered with flyers emblazoned with slogans such as ‘My Vagina is Flirty’ and ‘My Vagina is Huggable.’ There was a widely publicized ‘orgasm workshop.’ On the day of the play, the V-warriors sold lollipops in the in the shape of’-guess what? Last year, the student union was flooded with questionnaires asking unsuspecting students questions like ‘What does your Vagina smell like?’ None of this offended the administration or elicited any reprimands, probations, or confiscations.”
And here’s how Christina describes P-Day:
“The campus conservatives artfully (in the college sense of ‘artful’) mimicked the V-Day campaign. They papered the school with flyers that said, ‘My penis is majestic’ and ‘My penis is hilarious.’ The caption on one handout read, ‘My Penis is studious.’ It showed Testaclese [the name the students gave the student in the phallus costume] reclining on a couch reading Michael Barone’s Hard America, Soft America.”
And of course they staged a spoof of “The Vagina Monogues”: “The Penis Monologues.”
The phallus suit was immediately confiscated by Roger Williams administrators. And, yes, of course, P-Day did not comport with the standards of public dignity and decency that any sane institution of higher learning ought to enforce, as Christina points out:
“But that is just the sort of thing the vagina warriors have been doing, year after year, on hundreds of campuses. In fact, P-Day at Roger Williams was mild by comparison. Wesleyan College hosted a ’C***’ workshop; Penn State held a ’C***’-fest. At Arizona State, students displayed a 40-foot inflatable plastic vagina. It was not confiscated and no one was ever threatened with probation.”
So why the double standard? We’re waiting to hear the answers from the admnistrators at Roger Williams. Meanwhile, Christina urges P-Day organizers to brave threats of discipline and keep it up:
“Unhappily, P-Day may be the only effective means of countering V-Day with all its c-fests, graphic lollipops, intrusive questionnaires, outsized effigies of vaginas and its thematic anti-male play. The prospect of public readings from P-Monologues on campuses around the country just might be the reductio ad absurdum that could drive the vagina warriors to the bargaining table. The student activists opposed to V-Day will gladly cancel P-Day the moment the V-warriors abandon their vagina’fests.”