By Quanecia Fraser—
“The Vagina Monologues” play director says that the posters advertising the play were taken down multiple times.
Prairie Parnell, who is also a communications instructor at Tarleton State University, told Texan News that flyers for the play were hung up at various locations across campus, including the Humanities Building, Kinesiology Building, Fine Arts Center, Nursing Building and Student Center.
Parnell said she filed a report for these missing flyers, with the Tarleton Police Department.
Parnell said she and students involved in the production first noticed the flyers were taken down from most locations last Wednesday night. They put the flyers back up last Friday but by last Friday evening, flyers were taken down again.
Monday morning, she put the flyers back up but she says they were taken down again Monday afternoon.
Parnell said that she and her students hung the flyers up again on Wednesday morning. By Wednesday at noon, more flyers were taken down and Parnell says they immediately hung more back up. However, within an hour, she says flyers were taken down again.
The flyers are designed by the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) organization and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. GSA sponsors “The Vagina Monologues” and participates in fundraising and publicity events for the play.
Parnell says GSA members now worry that the climate on campus is hostile towards them.
“It’s hard to see something worked on and have somebody else come up and snatch it away,” said Parnell. “And then to know that your logo, your identity is associated with that, it’s even harder.”
Parnell said she’s worried too:
“It’s worrisome to me. If we’re supposed to have this Tarleton culture of acceptance and enlightenment and growth, and yet we can’t handle a sign that has the word ‘vagina’ on it? That’s concerning to me as a faculty member.”
Parnell says she wants students to know that “The Vagina Monologues” is not a play that should be frowned upon.
“It’s something we need to talk about as a culture— not necessarily vaginas specifically, but women,” said Parnell. “We have to talk about the position of women and the diversity of women in our community here at Tarleton.”
“The Vagina Monologues” play will be performed tonight and Friday at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms. The cost is $5.00.