Three girls were suspended by their Cross River, NY, high school for defying a ban on saying the word "vagina" during a reading from the play The Vagina Monologues. The word is "inappropriate," explains vaginaless principal Richard Leprine, because the event, a reading put on by a literary magazine, was open to the community, which includes children.
Monologues author Eve Ensler applauded the students' defiance, and said: "The school's position is absurd, a throwback to the Dark Ages. So what, if children were to hear the word? Would that be terrible? We're not talking about plutonium here, or acid rain, a word that destroys lives. It's a body part!"