“The Vagina Monologues” Comes to Pacific
Weighing in on womanhood and female empowerment, the Vagina Monologues has been performed throughout various colleges throughout the United States since its 1996 Broadway run. From February 22nd through the 24th, Pacific students performed Eve Enslers’ controversial show in the Demarcus Brown Theatre.
The original script is comprised of interviews from over 200 women from all walks of life, giving their own anecdotal experiences concerning vaginas. The show here at Pacific consisted of 19 separate performances, touching on subjects concerning sex, rape, birth, love, and much more. The different monologues are told through women of various ages, races, and sexualities, in order to focus on the theme of individuality.
The overarching theme of the play is how despite cultural taboos and stereotypes, the vagina can be used as a tool of empowerment for women.
“We were worried about vaginas,” one of the performers said in the opening act.
“We were worried what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them. We were worried about our own vaginas. They needed a context of other vaginas — a community, a culture of vaginas. There’s so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them — like the Bermuda triangle. Nobody ever reports back from there,” another performer said.
One of the performances included Hair, which is the narrative of a women who discusses how her husband cheated on her because she refused to shave her pubic hair. In the end, the woman realizes it should not matter whether or not she shaves because the “hair is there for a reason.” The monologue was performed by Debra Sbragia.
Another monologue was Because He Liked to Look At It, performed by Erica Magana, which includes a woman talking about how she always believed her vagina to be ugly, until a sexual experience with a man who loved to stare at it for hours changed her mind.
Although those are just two of the performances, they are an example of the encompassing theme of the Vagina Monologues — which concerns challenging stereotypes about the vagina, and using it for female empowerment.
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