Vagina Monologues 2011

I just want to say that first of all, this is NOT a play it’s a collection of monologues (I told Kevin that twice). The Monologues were written by Eve Ensler in 1996. In 1998, she began to “perform” the monologues…and the rest is history. This was WKU’s 12 performance of the monologues. Also, the proceed were not split between Hope Harbor and “Haiti.” Hope Harbor was the benefactor with 10% of the proceeds going to the Women and Girls of Haiti to support a revolutionary national program in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists – including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene – that will address sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services.

Whistles, cheers and two standing ovations filled the Garrett Conference Center ballroom following the annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues” Wednesday night.

The play was a series of monologues inspired from interviews with over 200 women from a variety of races, ages, sexual orientation and social classes.

Each monologue addressed a different situation or experience women had with their vagina, from exploring sexuality to reclaiming the word cunt.

Opal Sea, a graduate student from Lawrenceburg, has attended four performances of “The Vagina Monologues” and likes how it catches people off guard.

“It’s something different,” Sea said. “It’s something cultural that is going on right now. I can’t even explain it, it’s just a good experience.”

Male audience members also enjoyed the show, such as Ben Gjerstad of Bardstown, who was impressed with the show.

“As a guy there is a lot of perspective you never see,” Gjerstad said.”It’s stuff you never think about and I think I learned a lot.”

Of all the monologues, “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy” seemed to make the biggest impression with the crowd, receiving its own standing ovation.

The monologue tells the story of a lawyer-turned-sex worker who loves the sound of women moaning and included demonstrations of different types of moans by the performer, Lydia Dowell.

Dowell, a senior from Lafayette, Tenn., said she enjoyed both her role and the performance as a whole because of how fun and wild it was.

“I think the audience really responded well, from what I heard, and the girls did a really good job,” she said.

Dowell said she hopes people will come to next year’s show because of how empowering it is.

“It takes words like vagina and cunt that are taboo and makes a safe zone for their use,” Dowell said. “It’s a good place to discuss things and just to learn.”

In addition to the performance, there were baked goods shaped like breasts and vaginas for sale before and after the show.

All proceeds from tickets and baked goods are being split between aiding Haiti and Hope Harbor, a sexual trauma recovery center in Bowling Green.

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