Although I had heard about the The Vagina Monologues a number of years ago, I never did have the opportunity to see it performed…that is, until tonight. NDSU students, staff and faculty are putting on the 3rd annual benefit performance of Eve Ensler’s widely acclaimed play at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. If you missed it tonight, you’ll definitely want to get to the Friday or Saturday evening performance at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door and are a mere $8 a person ($5 for students and couples get a buy one/second 50% off deal). The money earned is used to support organizations whose efforts are directed toward stopping violence against women and girls. The play is presented as a part of V-Day events held around the world to promote education in regard to rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.
I have to say, as a Vagina Monologues virgin it was a fabulous first experience. The play has both humor and somber reflection. Throughout the play whether you are laughing heartily, have a tear in your eye or a lump in your throat you feel the truth within the words. The truth in the monologues was drawn from interviews with over 200 women about their memories of their experiences with sexuality. The monologues weave through generations, cultures, lifestyles, and sexual preferences – they weave through the fabric that is the shared and diverse experience of womankind.
Vagina Monologues is a celebration and ownership of women’s power over their bodies and their lives. It is a statement of what has been, what is and what should be – it is a collective and powerful message that women will stand together to protect the spirit, dignity, wholeness, rights and beauty of their sisters.
I like V-Day. I think it deserves to be on the calendar. I think Hallmark should have a line of cards that stand in support of V-Day. It is surely as worthy of holiday status as St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween or Valentine’s Day. Seriously, doesn’t it also trump other card occasions like graduations, birthdays and retirements? I want Hallmark to make cards that can be given to women that say, “On this V-Day I celebrate you and I honor your beauty and rights as a human being.” I want V-Day to receive the level of attention and respect it deserves. I want it to have a high enough profile to be able to eradicate these enduring issues of violence toward women and girls.
Yes indeed, Hallmark really needs a card for this, but until they get one listen for the women’s voices in Vagina Monologues – the heart and will of womankind is in there and it refuses to be silenced.
Day six hundred and thirty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da