GSU’s National Organization for Women (NOW) hosted its 15th annual “The Vagina Monologues” play, asking women the question, what would your vagina say if it could talk?
Many questions are posed during the play such as, what would your vagina wear, and what would your vagina say if it could talk? These questions contribute to the purpose of the play.
“Its purpose is to get people talking about women’s bodies. We often are afraid or ashamed to talk about our bodies, but women make up a large percentage of the world’s population and our stories are as important as anyone else’s,” the senior producer, Candice Gary, said. Although it bears a blunt title, the play’s purpose went beyond sex for one of the play’s actresses, Michell D’Amico.
“I think ‘The Vagina Monologues’ for anyone is to just raise awareness about the inequalities that women face sexually, in the work place, and in our society in general,” D’Amico said.
The play also discussed the challenges of having a vagina such as rape and incest. Not all of the monologues were told from the perspective of women. Some monologues were told from the perspective of children as young as six years old.
The audience consisted of mostly women, but male attendance was not far off. The audience found quite a few things to be a comedic relief from the seriousness of the topic. Some monologues included the vulgar words used in place of the word ‘vagina’ such as cunt and pussy, and others discussed the uncomfortable situations of a woman’s vagina such as tampons and procedures during a gynecologist appointment.
“’The Vagina Monologues’ is a play, a series of monologues, told from the perspective of women’s vaginas. They’re women of different ages, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. It’s a way to get their stories out to a larger audience,” Gary said.
“The Vagina Monologues” is originally a book created by Eve Ensler based on 200 interviews she conducted with women about sex, relationships, and violence against women. Since then, several revisions have been made to each performance of Ensler’s work.
GSU’s, “The Vagina Monologues” concluded last night in the education building in room 1115 at 7 p.m. All proceeds were donated to local women organizations.