Stand against Violence with The Vagina MonologuesFebruary 04, 2011
Every spring, students and community members perform The Vagina Monologues as a part of V-Day’s international campaign to end violence against women and girls. In the past 11 years, productions like The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer: Writings to End Violence against Women and Girls have helped V-Day raise upwards of $80 million, and activist work on a local level through these productions has helped this money reach over 300 million people across the globe.
Anyone who has seen the show will tell you that it’s about so much more than listening to a group of college women read from scripts about the hardships of being female. The performance aspect of it is just a medium — it’s the message that really matters. As one of our cast members put it in rehearsal just last week, “The Vagina Monologues is so important because it gives voice to issues women are not supposed to talk about.”
To me, being a part of this performance or being an audience member is, above all else, about coming together and experiencing stories of women from all around the world: from Bosnia to Haiti to the United States. You may be surprised at just how much we have in common. No matter what issue the monologue is speaking to, there is an undeniable emotional connection and a new sense of understanding that arises from seeing a performance like this.
Of course, not all of the monologues are about violence. While the goal of the V-Day movement is to end all forms of violence against women and girls across the globe, the performance is also a celebration of women’s lives that features monologues about female empowerment, independence, positive views of women’s sexuality, birth, perseverance, and the power to speak up. Essentially, The Vagina Monologues is the media’s antithesis and serves as a refreshing, uplifting representation of women.
If you would like to attend a performance in your area, visit the V-Day website, and click on your state to find the location nearest you.
This post was written by National Student Advisory Council member Abby Lemay.