Next month (Feb. 13-15), the Women’s Programming Advisory Council will be sponsoring three performances of The Vagina Monologues. I know the word “VAGINA” may make some people uncomfortable. I’ve even noticed that our fliers promoting auditions get taken down around buildings all over campus. For this reason, I want to educate readers of this blog on the purpose of The Vagina Monologues. Once you know more about the play, it may change your mind on what you think of the word vagina.
The Vagina Monologues were started by Tony award-winning playwright, performer and activist Eve Ensler. In 1998, Ensler and others launched the V-Day campaign, a global activist movement to end violence against women. Over the past 16 years, V-Day activists from more than 140 countries have worked tirelessly on a grassroots level to demand an end to all forms of violence against women and girls. V-Day’s work is grounded in four core beliefs:
- Art has the power to transform thinking and inspire people to act
- Lasting social and cultural change is spread by ordinary people doing extraordinary things
- Local women best know what their communities need and can become unstoppable leaders
- One must look at the intersection of race, class, and gender to understand violence against women.
Through productions of the award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, and other works, V-Day has raised more than $100 million in urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families. V-Day organizers have saved lives, raised consciousness, changed laws to protect women and girls, funded rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters.
V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements and awards and is one of the top-rated organizations on both Charity Navigator and Guidestar. Visit the website www.vday.org for more information. Follow the movement on Twitter @VDay and on Facebook. To stay informed about events, actions, and opportunities for participation, sign up for V-Mail, the movement’s online newsletter, at www.vday.org/vmail.
WPAC will be hosting auditions for The Vagina Monologues today from 12-1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. in CLB 303. Anyone is welcome to help out with the productions, but only female-identifying individuals (trans* included) who are 18 years or older and are affiliated with OSU can be in the performance cast. Email WPAC.firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to become involved.
I will be posting more information about the productions in the upcoming weeks, so be on the lookout. All proceeds of the 2015 The Vagina Monologues productions will be going to Wings of Hope, Stillwater’s family crisis services center. I hope this information about The Vagina Monologues makes it a little less awkward to talk it about knowing that the play helps raise money and awareness to end violence against women and girls worldwide. Once we all can start participating in the discussion, we can all start working toward a solution.