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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
http://www.wsbtv.com/education/11187182/detail.html

So, let me get this straight. Suspended for using the REAL word, not slang, in terms of the female body?!?! What's this world coming too? Not to mention it was at a literay event for the school? If our girl's are growing up in a world where they can't say the word "vagina", we have more issues I think than I ever thought we would. I'm angry!

Opinions?
post #2 of 29
I agree that that is the stupist thing I have heard in a while. What were they supposed to do bleep themselves? Or say hoohaa? Or did they want them to point to it?
post #3 of 29
well, if was in a class room no problem, or a real discussion

if the school approved them to read from that. then the school is wrong for suspending them..... after all how can you read from the vagina monologue and not say the world?


think it would depend on what part of the play they did? If i remember right there was part about a dminatix(ok spelling of course) depending on the age of the kids there, then i dont think i would want mine to hear that part at a young age

if there only rearson spending them was the use of the word, then they are wrong for doing it.
post #4 of 29
This is what they read:
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"My short skirt is a liberation flag in the women's army," they read. "I declare these streets, any streets, my vagina's country."
post #5 of 29
I can't imagine why the word "vagina" would be censored at a high school. For that matter, it shouldn't be banned at a grade school. It's the proper term for a part of the female anatomy, and not comparable to some of the derogatory slang expressions for it.
post #6 of 29
what a load of old cobblers now if she had said or then well maybe a lot different !!!
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
This is what they read:
blah, there are better lines in there to get suspended for.
if you goign to get into trouble you may as well go all the way.
in this case,nope. they should not have gotten suspended
post #8 of 29
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It really makes me wonder if they are even teaching sex education in school anymore. If you can't say vagina, then what in the world are they calling it, if anything. It just seriously worries me. My niece is expected in a few short weeks, and I swore to her mom that her first word was going to be vagina. Of course I'm joking, but geez, this is what her, and other little girl's out there get to look forward too. This has really gotten under my skin.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
I can't imagine why the word "vagina" would be censored at a high school. For that matter, it shouldn't be banned at a grade school. It's the proper term for a part of the female anatomy, and not comparable to some of the derogatory slang expressions for it.
Thank you! These girl's are 16 y/o for crying outloud. All they would have to do is spend an hour on the computer to learn about sex anyway, but they get suspended for saying "vagina". Say it with me folks... v..a..g..i..n..a. Can ya tell I'm mad!? lol...
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom View Post
What were they supposed to do bleep themselves? Or say hoohaa? Or did they want them to point to it?
You said it!!!
How are women ever going to progress and get ALL of the respect we deserve if the powers that be would censor teenage girls for using the CORRECT terminology for their anatomy? This is the most utterly asinine thing I have heard in a LONG time. I hope those girls wore their suspension like a badge of honor and realize that THEY are true role models for other young girls.
post #11 of 29
I think this whole thing is just silly.
I see nothing wrong with using any word in it's proper context/meaning.

However, these girls did have to get this approved before the reading and they were told they could not read that particular excerpt and why.
They read it anyway, which was the actual reason for the suspension.
post #12 of 29
Why would the school ban them saying the word "Vagina" anyway? How are theyteaching Sex Ed without using the term vagina? What's going on here? Has the world gone totally nuts?!!
post #13 of 29
I'd be darn proud to serve such a suspension myself
post #14 of 29
They were suspended for disobeying orders from the school which I can understand, but why would the school ban the use of the word vagina?
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
They were suspended for disobeying orders from the school which I can understand, but why would the school ban the use of the word vagina?
That is EXACTLY what I was wondering. Afterall, they were READING! Maybe the school wanted them to say:
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"My short skirt is a liberation flag in the women's army," I declare these streets, any streets, my woo-hoo's country.
Totally ABSURD!
post #16 of 29
I am sorry, this is censorship gone bananas!!!!! I kinda understand the school suspending her for breaking a rule - but what a STUPID rule!!!! Do they honestly think that using a biological term is inappropriate?!?!?!?!?!

It is a word. The word is vagina. All us ladies got one - get over it!!!!!
post #17 of 29
VAGINA!!!

Ok, I'm over it now

Clearly this school doesn't teach Sex-Ed, because you'd have to use a "naughty" word and teach children about safe sex, which is obviously wrong because no one should be having sex before marriage

This is absurd! This is where our future is headed???

It makes me sick that we are going BACKWARDS! instead of forwards - This has to stop in the US before it gets beyond a joke - First evolution and now the use of the proper terms for genitals!

Seeing as though over half the population has one, why can't we say the word outloud? No wonder there are so many people suffering in silence if they are taught that genitals are never to be spoken of or about..

And why were they given the Vagina Monologues and not able to say all the words? Pick a better book/play to read from next time, instead of saying you can read from it but not say certain words!!

Rant over
post #18 of 29
Wow that's stupid. If I were a parent of one of those girls I'd be giving the school an earful.
post #19 of 29
Why on earth did they agree to a reading from the vagina monologues and then say they didn't want the girls to say vagina? Totally bonkers. I don't agree with them banning the word but if they felt like that they should have just said that they didn't feel the vagina monologues was an appropriate thing to read from. Not saying I would have agreed with that but at least they would have been consistent.
post #20 of 29
I guess I don't understand what she was supposed to say. That's what it's called. Did the teacher want her to say "Vjay-jay" like they do on Gray's Anatomy?
post #21 of 29
If I was that kid's parent, I'd be asking for a suspension of any kid who uses the word "elbow" on school property...........
post #22 of 29
I feel the need to point out the following:

I've been in the Vagina Monolouges before, and the VERY FIRST monolouge is about how the three readers are "Worried about Vaginas" because no one can even SAY "vagina" these days!

Oh, if this school only knew the irony of their actions....

The one they did, "My Short Skirt", is actually one of the a) most tame and b) most pertinent to that age group.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant View Post
I feel the need to point out the following:

I've been in the Vagina Monolouges before, and the VERY FIRST monolouge is about how the three readers are "Worried about Vaginas" because no one can even SAY "vagina" these days!

Oh, if this school only knew the irony of their actions....

The one they did, "My Short Skirt", is actually one of the a) most tame and b) most pertinent to that age group.

ok granted i dont have a vagina, but i would have to agree that it would apply to that age group. and yes i have seen the show.
post #24 of 29
Apparently, those girls understood the meanings of the Vagina Monologues much better than their school administrators did.
Good for them!
post #25 of 29
I get so annoyed at things like this. I have a friend (grown woman) who cannot say "penis." She calls it "the p word."

The correct names of parts of the body are NOT derogatory or slang!

I agree with all of you.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
I was talking to my BF last night about all this. Conversation started with "say vagina!" He complied luckily. I'm still just... bumfuzzled about this even now.
post #27 of 29
DH and I were discussing this and although there should be SOME punishment for disobeying an agreement (not that the agreement was appropriate in the first place), suspension is overkill.

Also, we agreed that if vagina was the worst our children repeated at the age of 2 or 3, we'd be overjoyed, lol.

I also think that if they were concerned about the word, the school should have just not let them read it at all, instead of censoring the entire point of the monologue.
post #28 of 29
Either approve the whole thing or not. Sheez. I agree that the whole thing is stupid, on both sides. The school was silly in telling the girls not to say it; and the girls were wrong to agree and then do it anyways. But yes, after-school detention (or whatever they are calling it now) would have been more appropriate. Then both sides could have made their points without messing up the girls' record and education time.
post #29 of 29
She was reading from the The Vagina Monologues. Why are they surpised she used the word "Vagina"!!! It's in the monologue!!!! The school should apoligize and remove the suspention from thier record.
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