Wow…I meant to publish this last week. Oops.
For anyone who doesn’t know (and I suppose you probably wouldn’t unless you were in some sort of environment that cares about this sort of thing, like a college), V-Week or “V-Time” is a continuation of V-Day, which was launched as an awareness/fundraising thing for preventing violence against women and girls. The culmination of most if not all V-Day observances is the performance of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues. The play was based on interviews with women across all ages, sexualities, ethnicities, etc., about their vaginas. If your vagina could talk, what would it say? What would your vagina wear? What is unique about your vagina? And so on.
The monologues range from trippy to frightening to enlightening to hilarious and several combine the above. Topics range from experiences with sex (the majority) to pubic hair to the “c-word” (you know, the really rude one that means “vagina”). My personal favorites? “Because He Liked to Look at It” was an honest telling of a woman’s journey from negative self-image regarding her vagina to a positive, empowered attitude about her vagina and how it looks; genuine and heartwarming. “Woman who Loved Vaginas Happy” features an amusing series of impressions of women moaning due to genital stimulation, as told by a lawyer-turned-sex worker.
But the absolute best performance of the night, in my opinion (also they were all great, good job!), both in terms of performance and material, was “My Angry Vagina.” Lauren Glover ’11 performed the monologue with sass and confidence. The piece relates to the “torture” that everyday women’s vaginas go through. Not the genital mutilation discussed in “Not-so-happy Fact” or the rape in “My Vagina was My Village” or “Coochi Snorcher that Could,” or the painful vagina-shaving that the woman endured in “Hair” (incidentally, don’t shave that area. How does putting a razor between your legs, right next to your nerve endings, sound like a good idea?). No, “My Angry Vagina” talks about, mostly, tampons, pelvic exams, and the taboo against women displaying sex drives. Hilarious, but a little frightening (I’m not looking forward to my first pelvic exam, that’s for damn sure).
Great job everyone who was in the show at Dartmouth! Thanks for the eye-opening stories.
[Featured image: Vagina Monoglues 2010 cast, from dartmouth.edu.]