Students and faculty at Boston College appealed to the college to discontinue its 10th annual production of The Vagina Monologues, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 10 in McGuinn Hall. Despite a petition, signed by both students and faculty, and an open letter to the College’s president, the show still went on.
As in years past, several departments co-sponsored the production. The theology department, which has co-sponsored the event in past years, did not do so this year. The co-sponsoring departments included: African and African Diaspora studies, American studies, communication, English, German studies, history, Irish studies, Jewish studies, sociology, and theater.
Students Christopher Canniff and Ethan Mack, editors of The Observer at Boston College, wrote an open letter to Fr. William Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College, asking him to reconsider the production. The editors wrote:
Two points of particular concern to us, among the very many problematic components of the play, are (1) the radical reduction of the female person to her sexual organs and (2) the lauding of the statutory rape of a sixteen-year-old girl as not simply good, but in fact salvific and heavenly for her. In the light of recent Church history, it is incomprehensible how a play that praises sexual intercourse involving a minor can be permitted to continue on this campus.
An online petition supporting the discontinuation of the annual production was signed by nine faculty members, including many in both the theology and philosophy departments, and a couple dozen students and alumni. The effort also received the public support of Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archbishop for Military Services, and a 1973 graduate of Boston College.
According to TFP Student Action, the students received no response from Fr. Leahy.
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