The Vagina Monologues returns to the University of Idaho

Aaron W. California

History of V-Day

What is V-Day, why support it, and how did it get started? According to V-Day.org, “one in six American women [are] the victim of an attempted or completed rape”. Eve Ensler is just one of the millions of women around the world who are the victim of rape, incest, or violence. In 1994, Ensler performed the Vagina Monologues in New York City for the first time The Vagina Monologues is a play originally written and performed by Ensler that recounts her experience, as well as those of other women, with rape and violence against women. Much to Ensler’s surprise, the Vagina Monologues has grown into part of a worldwide non-profit organization that seeks to raise funds for local organizations working to stop violence against women. The original play Ensler performed has been translated into many different languages and is performed by women in communities around the world. This year, the Vagina Monologues and V-Day will be coming to the University of Idaho. Five events, with your involvement and attendance, will be held on the U of I campus or in the city of Moscow to help raise awareness for violence against women.

V-Men Work Shop: February 04, 2014

Women are not the only ones who can make a valuable contribution to stopping the violence against women. Although the majority of those who are raped, or who experience other forms of sexual assault, are women, 3% of those who experienced attempted or total rape in the U.S. in 2013 were men. The purpose of the V-Men Workshops is to inspire men to become active in the V-Day movement to end violence against women and men. In this active workshop, it is anticipated that deep and meaningful conversations will inspire men to take an active role in ending violence against women, as well as men.

The Vagina Monologues: February 6th-8th

The culminating event of the V-Day movement will be the live production of The Vagina Monologues right here in Moscow, Idaho. From February 6th to the 8th, the University of Idaho Women’s Center will be hosting a production of The Vagina Monologues at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm. The performance is based on Eve Ensler’s production of The Vagina Monologues. Performances will include live dramatic retellings of stories that address issues facing women today, including rape, incest, and female sexuality. The proceeds generated from the event

will go towards ending violence against women in the local community. Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the University of Idaho Women’s Center for $12 or at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center for $18.

The Vagina Monologues Talk-Back: February 12, 2014

We all hope and anticipate you will fall in love with and be inspired by The Vagina Monologues. After the amazing performance of The Vagina Monologues, viewers will get the unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with members of the cast, the director, and other crew members of the play. The public will be given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the production, constructive criticism is also welcomed. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. on February 12th in the Whitewater room in the Idaho Commons.

Free screening of “What I Want My Words To Do To You”: February 19th

Eve Ensler takes audience members into the lives of women serving time behind bars for various crimes, many of which involve murder. It is unfortunate that some women see killing their abuser as the only way to stop the violence they have been experiencing. The film “What I Want My Words To Do To You” focuses on the stories of 15 women in the New York Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. These women participated in a workshop put on by Ensler to retell their crimes and give insight into how these women see their lives developing in the future. In the film audience members will watch as the inmates perform plays that represent their personal lives in prison and what they imagine the world will be like for them after they leave.

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