Posted: March 1, 2009 by erikabrynn in POP - pop culture
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The word usually makes my skin crawl. But upon hearing this one “special” word just about 900 times on Sunday night, I think I may have become immune to it, possibly even used to it. To whom do I owe this change of heart, you ask? Well, that award goes to Eve Ensler and the 26 Syracuse women who staged The Vagina Monologues Sunday at Hendricks Chapel. And if you didn’t already guess it, yes — the word is  vagina.

Eve Ensler is a writer, political activist and a performer. In 1996 she wroteThe Vagina Monologues, which is a compilation of short stories that in some way or another is about the vagina. But beyond the surface of these stories is a play about female empowerment and violence against women and girls.

No PMS or period puns intended, but I went on an emotional roller coaster ride during the two-hour production. At one point, the audience was rejoicing in a yell-at-the-top-of-your-lungs “reclaiming cunt” skit and the next we were learning about sexual violence.

But I guess that was what I liked about the show. Each monologue stood out and each actress brought a different light to the production. Just listening to them speak against a backdrop of pink, red and black colors was strangely liberating.

And by simply attending, we all did a little to help “the movement.” The movement is V Day and Ensler created the global organization two years after she wrote The Vagina Monologues. V Day is working to end violence against women and girls all across the world. This year’s Syracuse staging was presented by Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment, Alpha Xi Delta and Tau Beta Sigma. The tickets benefited the Vera House, the SU R.A.P.E. Center and the Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region.

Although you most likely will feel a little uncomfortable at times and although you may learn more about vaginas than you ever wanted to, I think this is a show everyone must see. And yes guys, that means you as well.

So if you ever stumble upon the opportunity to attend The Vagina Monologues, take a few deep breathes and go. Go for the laugh, go to learn, go even if you’re scared like I was.

  1. Katie says:

    Cheers! Everyone should see the Monologues.

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