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I think I might have mentioned this before, but in case it’s never come up, over the last year I’ve been helping out at and running a poetry open mic in the fine establishment that is the QMU.
On Monday, I relinquish my dictatorial grip on Aloud, the QMU’s literary spoken word night, and go back to being that punter who shows up every month to shout into the mic.
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]
Unashamedly rock n’ roll, Glasgow’s Tijuana Bibles bring an explosive energy to their music, moving on from their bluesy 2013 Wild River EP and venturing into a more aggressive style with Ghost / Dance / Movement, released last year. Drawing heavily from the emerging rock n’ roll style prevalent in the 1950s US as well as more recent US blues rock bands such as The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant, Tijuana Bibles embody that very specific, adolescent brand of rebellious spirit better than any other local band. This comes across especially well in their music videos, which use film reel effects and excerpts from Golden Age-era Hollywood films to create a style anachronistic of American culture at that time.
When was the last time you read a student manifesto? Do you know who represents you in university matters? Are student elections even important?
For anyone directly involved with one of the student bodies, the answer to the latter is, inevitably, yes. They would tell you it’s a great way to have your say in important decision-making within the university, it makes you aware of how an institution is run, and also it’s just really interesting. However, for many students, voting in university elections is the last thing on their mind. So why is this?
On Saturday 12th March, the QMU will be hosting its first QMU Live Fest from 1pm till 10:30pm – that’s nine-and-a-half hours of live music! Co-headlined by Tuff Love and Tijuana Bibles, the event will also feature acts such as Proud Honey, The Insomniac Project and the winners of the QMU Live Battle of the Bands, Blair Coron and King Wine.
QMU, 19th February 2015
The annual Secret Policeman’s Ball, presented by GU Amnesty International will take over the QMU this Friday. Formal dress, officer status, and discretion not required.