The Vagina Monologues partake in 20th year performance

Tea Wheat , Courier Staff

Every year around this time, V-Day is celebrated throughout the world. V-Day is a worldwide movement to bring an end to violence against women and girls.

Eve Ensler, who wrote “The Vagina Monologues,” created V-Day. All the proceeds from “The Vagina Monologues” go to V-Day charities. Here at Western we join the

movement by putting on “The Vagina Monologues.” For the last 21 years, “The Vagina Monologues” have been performed across the world and Western has been

a part of this movement for 20 of those years. “The Vagina Monologues” were performed this year at Western this past Friday and Saturday. Western’s 2019

performance of “The Vagina Monologues” was sponsored by the WIU Women’s Center (located in the Multi-Cultural Center) and co-sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau,Chi Omega, Delta Zeta and Phi Sigma Sigma.

“The Vagina Monologues” was made from a collection of interviews with women and it explores topics such as body image, sexual encounters, reproduction, sex-work and violence against women and children from the perspectives of various women.

These women were different races, ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Performed at the Multicultural Center and directed by Laura Holme-Hoske, “The Vagina Monologues” featured a very minimal stage, but consisted of so much expression and meaning.

The different monologues that were performed were: Hair, If Your Vagina Got Dressed, The Flood, The Vagina Workshop, Vagina Happy Fact, They Beat the Girl out of My Boy, Because He Liked to Look at It, Not-so-Happy Fact, My Angry Vagina, My Vagina was My Village, My Short Skirt, The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could, Reclaiming Cunt, Six-year-old Girl, the Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy, I Was There in the Room and My Revolution Begins in the Body. The Vagina Happy Fact and the Not-so-happy Fact were educational pieces about the clitoris and genital mutilation that stood out the other brilliant and moving monologues.

One monologue that stood out among the others was The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy. This monologue was about a woman who had originally gone to school for law, but eventually found her “calling” in sex work. This woman explained how she loved to please women and make them happy. This monologue also discusses moaning, and the woman sharing the monologue describes how she found “her moan” and how many different moans she encountered as a sex worker. This monologue destroys preconceptions about sex workers and encourages women to do what they love, and to not be held back by societal pressures. This monologue was risqué and humorous all in one; and was performed by the brilliant Ashley Asauskas.

My Revolution Begins in the Body was the final performance of the evening. The director came on stage at the beginning of the performance and invited 11 audience members to join the cast on stage to perform this piece. At first, audience members were hesitant but soon people were excited to volunteer to participate. Each audience member was given a line and together the 11 audience members along with the five cast members recited a strong and moving piece which preaches to love your body, love yourself and love others. “Go on, Love.” This production was absolutely amazing; it was heartbreaking, funny and inspiring all at once. If you missed this outstanding and impactful performance, the WIU Women’s Center will be carrying on the tradition next year! Auditions are typically held in November for the production in February.