When I graduated from college last 2013, I made a promise to myself that I will watch as many local theater plays as I can. Among those I’ve watched on an annual basis is The Vagina Monologues, part of the One Billion Rising campaign, which aims to stop the violence against women and all forms of abuse and harassment.
For those who still do not know about the Vagina Monologues and everything behind this very powerful and informative theater play, read further as I tell you about the play, the organizations behind it, and other information related to this very important advocacy.
About The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler, which originally ran Off-Broadway in 1996. Since then, it has been one of the most important plays being performed worldwide by various theater productions and advocacy groups that promote the rights of women and inform the general public about the existence of women-related violence, which must be stopped.
The play is actually made up of various monologues and stories that talk about the female genitalia, birth, orgasm, women’s rights, relationships, and so on. This is also the cornerstone of the V-Day Movement and later on, One Billion Rising (2012), founded and created by Ensler.
Why People Should Watch It
I have to be honest that I am blessed enough to live in a city that has performers who do The Vagina Monologues every year (this usually happens during the months of February and March). I strongly suggest that people watch this play because it opens your eyes to realities that are mostly ignored by society nowadays.
Just in case you didn’t know, women are still being harassed, abused, and ridiculed by many people even today. I’ve heard of some female friends being sexually harassed by their male acquaintances and stories of wives being beaten by their own husbands. One of the best ways to convey messages to stop and make a difference when it comes to these things is through the arts, and The Vagina Monologues is the perfect play to accomplish that purpose.
For the record, the performers of The Vagina Monologues are not only women, but also a few men and members of the LGBT.
An Advocacy Worth Supporting
The V-Day Movement, One Billion Rising, and The Vagina Monologues are really worth supporting if you believe in upholding women’s rights and ending the violence. Their most notable phrase is “Until the Violence Stops,” which means these groups (as well as the individuals who have volunteered their time and talents for these advocacies) will not stop what they’re doing until every woman in the world is free from the numerous abuses that they face.
My first impressions of the play are very positive because every performance featured in that play was enough to get you thinking of what you should be doing to stop the continuous cycle of violence and abuse on women.
Aside from those performances, there are also some skits in The Vagina Monologues that talk about how great being a woman is and stuff that had something to do with the female genitalia. As a woman, it made me think of what I should do to make a difference to the people around me.
I hear some opinions that the play is a very serious show and does not have performances that would make you laugh. To be honest, they have that! If you see The Moaner performance, then you will definitely take your opinion back.
All for a Good Cause
Again, the performances of The Vagina Monologues are not just some theater play that you can watch and not getting anything in return. Always remember that every peso you spend on this play will go to a good cause. The proceeds will immediately go to the production’s chosen beneficiary (mostly non-profit groups that protect and help women).
If you feel that just watching a play is not enough, you can always audition and share your acting talents as a part of this nice theater production. You don’t really need to be an experienced or professional stage actor to do this. If you have the heart and you want to do your part in ending the violence against women, then that’s more than enough.
All in all, Even Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues is one of the plays I will be looking forward to in the coming years. I hope that these theater productions will continue to share their theatrical talents to inform the public until the violence stops.