It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time to celebrate vaginas! Illinois State University is hosting “The Vagina Monologues.” There are still two performances left: tonight, February 14, and tomorrow February 15, in the Bone Student Center, Old Main room. The night begins with the Vagina Fair, which starts at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. If you plan on going, arrive early to get good seats.
At the Vagina Fair you’ll see booths for local agencies, a big vagina you can take pictures with, and you’ll even have the opportunity to purchase chocolate vaginas (a must-do, in my book)! After that, the show begins. You’re probably wondering, though, “What are the Vagina Monologues?” Here’s the show in a nutshell. Eve Ensler started interviewing women all over the world about their vaginas and what they have been through. The common themes in these women’s answers became the basis for Ensler’s show, “The Vagina Monologues.” Some depict stories of violence, years of abuse, lack of love, rape, and hate. Other vaginas tell the stories of adornment, admiration, bewilderment, newfound sexuality, compassion, peace, and undeniable love. Their stories are all different and unique, yet perfect in their own ways. They will touch your heart and draw emotions you have never felt before. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will feel everything in between. Most importantly, you will leave feeling more empowered than ever before. It is the combination of all these heartfelt, wonderful performances that makes “The Vagina Monologues” my favorite show – this is the fifth consecutive year I have seen it – I absolutely love it! The acts vary from year to year, so it’s never exactly the same show.
Guys, you are most certainly invited too! Women, don’t be afraid to bring along your male friends, your husbands, or your boyfriends. The issues presented in the monologues aren’t just women’s issues. Male support and awareness is always welcomed! This will be the second year my boyfriend has tagged along with me.
Word of warning though, ‘vagina’ is said A LOT, and if that makes you uncomfortable, this might not be the show for you. Also, the skits can be graphic at times, which may be triggering for survivors of trauma. Afterwards, F.L.A.M.E. has “safe spaces” for people to talk and share their feelings, thoughts, or memories that may have surfaced during or after the performance. And remember, the Stepping Stones hotline is always available for people who may need to talk about anything sexual assault related (309-827-4005).
I highly recommend this show to everyone; it is a must-see at least once in your lifetime. “The Vagina Monologues” can be a life-changing experience. Be ready to see a side of vaginas you may have never seen before. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask yourself, “What would my vagina say?”
Hope to see you there!
Hello! My name is Jackie, and I am an intern with YWCA Stepping Stones and have been a Rape Crisis Advocate for two years. I’m also a senior at Illinois State University and a member of ISU’s Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.). I’m very passionate about helping others and hope to make a difference in the world. I am proud to be an active feminist in the community, and enjoy participating and speaking out in events concerning gender equality, sex roles, and gender/sexual violence.