Everytime I think things can’t get weirder in the US…I’m wrong. Exhibit A: This news story.
Play’s controversial title leads to complaints, change.
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. Feb. 6, 2007. A modified marquee in Atlantic Beach has been drawing some attention. “Hoohaa” replaced a word in the title of a play after a driver complained about finding the previous wording offensive.”
What’s going on? A group is staging a charity production of the Vagina Monologues. Alas, someone driving by with her niece saw the sign, and was asked what a vagina was. The aunt wasn’t happy about being forced to explain (and also, presumably, to explain why a vagina wouldn’t really talk.)
Having spent a great deal of time in the south, I know that anything below the waist is generally referred to as “down there.” Have a bad period? That’s “lady problems.” You don’t talk about that.
So little information was provided to me in my Texas high school “health” class, I went to college believing that homosexual and hermaphrodite were the same thing. My period, which didn’t start until I was 14, terrified me. What was wrong?? Would I die??
People. Sex and knowledge about sex Is Not A Bad Thing.
There is now a vaccine that can provide tremendous protection against cervical cancer–but many states that initially planned to require girls to be vaccinated to attend school have hit a road block. See, without the punishment and fear of disease, girls will be promiscuous.
If you want to get a sense of how uptight America is about sex, I recommend you go out and rent/purchase this DVD: This Film is Not Yet Rated, the story of the hugely artificial MPAA ratings system.
Violence against women? Hey, that’s fine. Women having sexual pleasure? No, that can’t be shown in movies generally available to the public.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, my lady no-no zone is bothering me, and I need a little lie down.