Right-wing politicians — even female ones — often show a lot of fear and misunderstanding of the lady parts, and sometimes it spreads into their home towns. That’s what happened in Wasilla, Alaska, home to none other than former vice presidential candidate, partial-term governor, reality TV star and all-around fame hound Sarah Palin.
The local high school in Wasilla commissioned a statue that was supposed to represent the school’s mascot, the Warriors, with a shield surrounded by feathers, and a hand print to symbolize good deeds. But this is a high school, full of teenagers, so the vagina jokes started almost immediately. Three days after it was erected, the school covered it in a tarp, ostensibly to protect it from vandalism. But fortunately they reconsidered and removed the covering. The artists, Jim Dault and Shala Dobson, held workshops at the school to explain the meaning behind the piece to students, who will probably continue to make vagina jokes anyway.
Now that it’s been pointed out, it’s hard to unsee. This thing has started to look like it’s giving birth to a bronzed Wilson from “Cast Away.” But it’s hardly worth getting worked up about. A lot of artwork and monuments look at least a little bit like genitalia. Go visit the Washington Monument if you don’t believe me.