The Vagina Monologues

MY VAGINA IS ANGRY.

Well, that’s the most interesting way I’ve ever started an article. Hello, my feminist friends! Today I am going to be talking to you about something that is near and dear to my heart: The Vagina Monologues. 

If you haven’t seen or heard of The Vagina Monologues, here’s a breakdown (written by my gal Michelle Vatral— she also designed the graphic above!):

Using real stories from real women, The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler that offers compelling and honest accounts of what it means to be a modern woman. Though it was originally performed in 1996, women from around the world gather every February to perform it as an annual tradition because it is so powerful and continually relevant. TVM includes themes like childbirth, sex, violence and abuse, growing up, body image, and more. It can be funny and vulgar in some monologues and deep and serious in others. There is truly something for everyone. 

My favorite monologue, if this was not already evident, is Angry Vagina. I won’t give away the details, but if your school or somewhere you know of is putting on TVM this February– GO! And find out.

Every year I am the ticket person for my university’s production of TVM, as well as doing PR for the event (social media, photos, etc.) I’m too anxious to be in the show, but I love supporting the badass women in my life!

I’ve decided to write about TVM this year, because I think it is something that is needed now more than ever. With the #MeToo movement and conversation about rape culture becoming more prominent, talking about VAGINAS is too. Reclaiming the vagina will always be important, it will always be relevant.

Designed by Michelle Vatral

TVM is put on every February (my birth month AND black history month, what could be better?) by hundreds, maybe thousands across the country. These are stories of real women that were interviewed for each monologue.

I’ve decided to answer two of the questions asked in the interviews.

Q: What would your vagina wear?

A: Something comfy, something where you can curl up with a warm cup of coffee, a good book, and listen to the rain in.

Q: What would your vagina say?

A: My vagina would say it’s MINE. Not yours, not his, not hers, MINE. It would say, “I know I’m small, but I am powerful. I know I have problems, but who doesn’t? I know I like pads and NOT TAMPONS, but I’m just as rad as everyone else. You don’t get to determine who I am, only I do. PS… I rock that hair, too.”

Photos and edit by Lindsay Thomaston

So, what would your vagina wear? What would it say?

I encourage you to think about those questions, and go to a showing of TVM if you haven’t already. Listen to the stories and struggles of these women, and join us in ending violence against women!

 

 

 

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