Statement Regarding Student-Run Production of The Vagina Monologues

Updated December 7, 2015.

As a women’s college with a long tradition of educating women leaders, Mount Holyoke College supports students in establishing and governing their own organizations, which includes seeking peer input through open discussion and considering and respecting all viewpoints in any decision-making process.

Project: Theatre, a student organization, notified the student body on January 14 of its decision to forego its annual performance of the play The Vagina Monologues after evaluating input from peers about the production and concluding that the play was not inclusive enough of various perspectives on race, class, and gender identity. In recognition of the importance of continuing discussions on these topics, Project: Theatre and its student members produced an alternative production called The Student Body, which included student-written monologues on womanhood, gender identity, sexuality, and shared lived experiences.

On January 22, a second student group announced that it would organize an independent production of the important feminist play and presented "The Vagina Monologues" in its entirety. A third group of students produced another play in the same month, titled "The Naked I: Monologues from Beyond the Binary." 

The student-run performances of these three plays, and the cooperation between the groups are representative of Mount Holyoke’s diverse and inclusive community, and the College celebrates this.