“Imagine walking into a gallery when [O’Keefe] 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 recalled telling the class, to the Detroit Free Press.
Her stated goal was to invoke a thoughtful dialog with the students, which she felt was successful. Wint explained that she used the word vagina around 10 times in the lecture, but never in a vulgar fashion.
“I thought if I used a euphemism, that would make it into a joke,” Wint told the Free Press. “And I don’t think that’s a word you should be afraid of.”
“She said there are a thousand other ways to teach controversy, and that it was inappropriate,” Wint recalled.
Wint is not only dismayed about losing her job, but also by the reason for it. She explained that “being afraid of the word … creates an aura of shame around the body part."
“I was really invested in those kids,” Wint says. “And I miss them a lot.”