Sunday, May 04, 2008

My Angry Vagina!!! My Vagina Monologues Performance;)

On April 11, 2008, UCONN Stamford held their 3rd annual performance of the Vagina Monologues on V-Day. This year is the 10th annivesary of the V-Day: Until the Violence Stops movement. This year's official V-Day celebration was held in New Orleans, in honor of the victims of Katrina. So while I was a Vagina Warrior in CT, there were thousands of Katrina Warriors in New Orleans, working to help the many women and girls affected by the natural, and administrative, disaster. Check out the website- it's amazing and inspiring. V-Day!!

The Vagina Monologues is an amazing play by an even more amazing feminist activist artist named Eve Ensler. She wrote the play in the 1990s after interviewing hundreds of women about their experiences growing up, their experiences in relationships, their experiences of physical and sexual abuse and rape, their experiences of sex, their experiences of birth and ultimately of their vaginas. It is an incredibly powerful piece of writing that is performed every year to raise funds for organizations that fight violence against women and girls and organizations that support survivors of that sexual and physical violence.

As Eve Ensler performed this play all over the country, she was inundated by women wanting to share their stories of violence and abuse. She decided after that to begin the V-Day:Until the Violence Stops movement. In the last 10 years it has grown to an international movement, being performed all over the world and in the name of all women. Violence against women and girls is not simply a women's issue; men are ovewhlemingly the perpetrators of this violence, as fathers, husbands, boyfriends, soldiers, gang members- the list goes on. This is a women's and men's issue, because women alone cannot stop it. We need male allies to stand against all violence against women and girls, in deed, word and thought. Where do you stand?