You have probably heard about The Vagina Monologues here and there and wondered “What is that?” I know that was my first reaction after reading that the show was playing in my hometown.
The Vagina Monologues is a play that was written and performed by Eve Ensler. She wrote the first draft of the monologues in 1996, after she interviewed 200 women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence against women. The interviews began as casual conversations with her friends, who then brought up stories they had been told by their friends, and so on. Soon, Ensler had a chain of referrals lined up for inspiration.
Eve Ensler originally starred in the production, performing all of the monologues herself. The show has grown and changed over the years, one change being that each monologue is usually done by a different performer now. The play has continued to gain popularity and as a result has been staged all over the world, including Athens, Ohio!
Now YOU have your chance to see The Vagina Monologues this weekend right here at OU! The show runs February 13-15 (more info below), and will feature OU students and faculty performing these various pieces.
Our very own student worker, Madeleine Toerne, will be presenting the monologue titled “Hair.” (Go Maddie!!) She told me a bit about it this week:
“It is about a woman whose husband insists she shave her pubic hair against her own will. When she refuses to shave, he cheats on her, claiming that she couldn’t satisfy him sexually. I chose this piece for a few reasons. First, I think body hair on women is natural. More importantly, I believe that women should make decisions about their bodies for themselves, not for anyone else. My hope is that this monologue will inspire women to question society’s standards for our bodies.”
The Vagina Monologues Performances:
7pm February 13 & 14 in Mitchell Auditorium, 519 Seigfred Hall
1pm February 15 in Baker Center Theater, 2nd Floor
Hope to see you at a performance!
Ohio University Women’s Center Staff