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Mt. Holyoke Cancels 'Vagina Monologues' Because It Leaves Out One Relevant Voice

SOUTH HADLEY (CBS) -- The legendary "Vagina Monologues" is apparently not woman enough for the all-women's Mount Holyoke College.

The College's Project Theatre Board has decided to cancel its annual production of "The Vagina Monologues," saying in an email to students the wide range of women the play includes is just not "inclusive" enough, Campus Reform reports. 

That's because it doesn't include a transgender voice.

The play has expanded over the years to include diverse female scenarios that highlight gender-based violence. However, the play leaves out one crucial group on campus since the college now accepts male students who identify themselves as female.

"At its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman," according to the email sent to students obtained by Campus Reform.

"Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive," the email continues.

The performance has traditionally coincided with the annual V-Day campaign. Students this year will instead perform original monologues in a fashion similar to the play, but will reportedly include a piece that is trans-inclusive.

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