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So, the Monologues got an e-mail about possibly performing at Maryland Day, an event on campus aimed at advertising campus programs, clubs, departments, etc. to local schools, parents of students, alumni, the works. A and I responded saying that we'd love to perform. We got this in response:

Hello [names redacted],

I am not sure if the Maryland Day student talent showcase would be an appropriate venue for your performance. Because of the nature of Maryland Day, the vast majority of people visiting the Stamp that day are families with young children. For this reason, we feature family friendly programming in the building that day. The language and content of the Vagina Monologues do not fit with this model.

While we value your organization and you mission, the Stamp unfortunately cannot offer you a performance space at Maryland Day.

Please let me know if you have further questions.

[name redacted]
Program Coordinator
[contact info]

I just started to laugh, and then I called A, who started ranting at me about censorship and bigotry and "how dare they!" and "we should!"; basically all the things I'd been thinking, but louder. We've decided to fight the decision, of course. We're going to send an e-mail, of which this is the first draft:

We were already aware that Maryland Day is a family-friendly event, and had been planning on selecting a set of monologues that were not too extreme in their content or language. However, we think that as an activist student organization, especially one whose beneficiary is a campus program (SARPP at the Health Center), we think it is our right and responsibility to perform, raise awareness, and collect donations whenever we can.

We would be perfectly happy to send your office a copy of the exact script we intend to present so that you know what to expect. We do not, however, believe that it is fair or reasonable for us to be unequivocally denied the chance to present at a University event.

Then, if they still say no, we're going to put the word in the appropriate ears (Women's Studies Department, Pride Alliance, etc.) and watch the fireworks.

Mom's told me not to get myself arrested.

(title quote by Tommy Smothers)


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Feb. 25th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
At the moment this is just starchy e-mails back and forth. Thanks, though!
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Why are you even invited? Didn't you flunk out of Maryland twice?
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Feb. 26th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: *looks up in Monster Manual*
You, sir, are made of awesome.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: *looks up in Monster Manual*
Can I post this to metaquotes? I'm sure a few people will get a chuckle.
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Feb. 27th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Re: *looks up in Monster Manual*
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Learn to read, thanks.
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I can understand them sending that if they didn't know you were gonna edit the original script. I hope they ok the abridged version!!
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Feb. 26th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Ah, true, you make a good point.

Also, I enjoyed your above D&D response :D
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Feb. 26th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I would have liked them to have said. We'll see what happens.
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Good for you. While UMD is certainly under no obligation to give you a forum, you're absolutely right to fight them for it.

I think you're doing the right thing by offering to send them a script to make sure the monologues aren't particularly explicit. It'll make it easier to place pressure on the admin.

Sadly, there's actually no such thing as free speech on campus. Yes, even at a public university. But that doesn't mean you can't light a fire under their rears!
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yup, that was the plan.
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