An item from “The Week” in the latest print edition (so no link) of National Review deserves reprinting here in full:
On British television, Doctor Who has been running for a half-century. Many actors have played the title character: eleven of them. A twelfth was recently hired. And some people aren’t happy about him—because he’s a him, and, worse, a white him. Said Dame Helen Mirren, famed for playing Elizabeth II and other memorable characters, “I do think it’s well over time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black, female Doctor Who would be best of all.” The show’s producer said, “I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man.” Blimey, there’s lead in the British pencil yet.
To which I’ll only add that it’s probably only a matter of time before there’s demand for a female James Bond, probably the result of a sex change operation in a script by Tony Kushner or Eve Ensler or somebody. Or maybe it’ll still be a he, but a 007 assigning himself a new gender identity.
But wait—there’s more! I’m sure Power Line’s readership has been waiting anxiously for the latest off-Broadway revival of The Vagina Monologues. The wait is over. There are new productions of this Socratic masterpiece under way right now at Columbia University and Barnard College. Except, whites may not apply for the, um. . . featured roles. From the Daily Caller (hat tip, The College Fix):
At this year’s edition of “The Vagina Monologues” jointly staged by Columbia University and Barnard College, the producers have outlawed the vaginas of white students.
The producers unanimously chose to ban white people and their vaginas from participating in the episodic play because they believe white women have been over-represented in past performances, reports The College Fix. They say white women are over-represented in mainstream feminist discourse as well. . .
“The Vagina Monologues has historically overlooked the empowerment of women of color, queer women, and trans* folk, among others—often replicating and perpetuating the same systems of power and privilege that prompted the playwright, Eve Ensler, to write The Vagina Monologues in the first place,” the Facebook page explains.
The page goes on to excoriate “mainstream Western feminism” for “the marginalization and erasure of these groups” and the “failure to consider the effects of power structures outside gender within the feminist community.”
Now back to my script-in-progress: The Viagra Monologues.