About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The Vagina Monologues
There are plain bizarre entries in the Monologues, like "Reclaiming Cunt" (short, neither funny nor touching, though I'm all in favor of the concept), and some where one can easily (perhaps too easily?) see the point, and yet the chapter doesn't quite do it (at least for me, middle class white male), as in "If your vagina could talk, what would it say in two words?" (and it was a bit irritating that several entries had more than two words, but I'm known to be a stickler about such things...).
Perhaps the hardest thing for me (again, as a man) was to wrap my mind around the concept that apparently so many women have never touched their clitoris, given themselves orgasms, or even looked at their vaginas (admittedly, the latter isn't quite as easy a fit as it is with a penis, but still). I kept thinking, c'mon, this can't be, what are these women thinking? But of course I have no reason to doubt these stories, and it has opened up a valuable view into some women's psyche. As a male, I can always use more of that!