Friday, May 06, 2016
Teacher fired after using the word ‘vagina’ in art history class
A TEACHER spoke a word apparently so outrageous, so nauseating, that she was fired from her job. That word? Vagina.
Last week, substitute teacher Allison Wint was leading an art history class at Harper Creek Middle School — a job she had been in since January — while discussing the paintings by George O’Keeffe, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Some of O’Keeffe’s work does actually look like abstract portrayals of the female anatomy, and Wint recalled saying to her class: “Imagine walking into a gallery when (O’Keeffe) was first showing her pieces, and thinking, ‘Am I actually seeing vaginas here, am I a pervert? I’m either a pervert or this woman was a pervert’.”
Wint said she was trying to spark an insightful conversation with her teenage students, using the word vagina about 10 times — which she stressed was never in a vulgar way. But it was deemed inapproriate for 14-15 year-old ears, costing the Michigan woman her job.
She said she hadn’t wanted to use a euphemism, like the often used ‘vajayjay’ or ‘lady bits’, so as to not turn her lesson into a joke.