Arts Review: The Vagina Monologues

Isabella Elder Feminist Society, QMU, 11th March 2016

Vagina. Vagina. Vagina.

It’s a word a lot of people cringe away from- and not really one you’re used to hearing very often during performance. And, as the title might subtly suggest, it’s a word you will hear very, very often throughout this particular play.

It’s a breath of fresh air! In fact, I propose that all plays throw “vagina” into the script once in a while, just to keep us on our toes.

The Vagina Monologues opens with a group of women who take it in turns to perform their particular monologue. What about? Well, their vaginas. And, of course, these are far from your typical monologues.One of the most memorable lines for me was “It’s gone! I’ve lost my clitoris! I shouldn’t have worn it swimming!” (Someone, please be my hero and use that excuse next time you’ve forgotten an essay deadline.)

Described as “a celebration of female sexuality”, The Vagina Monologues highlights a range of different women’s experiences, from the joyful and liberating to the harrowing. One minute, you’ll be grinning in triumph at the monologue by ‘The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy’, and then sobering at another woman’s fury towards rape culture. The performance by the whole cast was pitched well in tone- enthusiastically encouraging audience interaction, getting great laughs, but also speaking passionately from the heart. After all, the play acts as another significant window into how women live and love in the world. It is hugely important for these honest stories about women to continue being told.

All proceeds from the performance went towards Rape Crisis Glasgow. As The Vagina Monologues ended, awareness was brought to the “Let’s Talk: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence on Campus” petition. The campaign’s aim is to amend Glasgow University’s student code of conduct to prohibit sexual violence. This includes introducing Sensitivity Training for all student body execs, and Sexual Violence Training for Freshers’ Helpers. You can sign the petition here.

[Jenna Burns – @Jenna_221b]

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