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re: How did dance nation get to be a Pulitzer finalist
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 02:47 pm EDT 10/07/19
In reply to: re: How did dance nation get to be a Pulitzer finalist - BroadwayTonyJ 02:28 pm EDT 10/07/19

To put the word in context, in "Dance Nation" uttering "pussy" is treated with reverence, as having magical powers, and also as an important moment for these girls to begin becoming women who have a positive relationship with their bodies. The word is not regarded as foul or low language, but as the ultimate liberation and self-discovery.

There is a delicious dramaturgical irony in some members of the audience wanting to censor the use of this word, because Barron is writing about how women in our society are shushed and shamed for experiencing their own bodies and claiming their own voices.

The fact that some are unsettled is a feature of the play, but ultimately, Barron is more interested in writing about young women with compassion and insight than being concerned about the sensibilities of older audience members (who, based on this board, tend also to be men).
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