August's Link| The Vagina Monologues

Woops, is it September?

Last month was a Youtube video.

          This month is an episodic play| The Vagina Monologues

Have you heard of it? I heard of it a while ago but didn't really look into what exactly it was about until, well yesterday. The Vagina Monologues was written and performed by Eve Ensler and premiered in 1996. It has been made into a book (which after watching I'll definitely invest in) but I loved watching her actual performance (the HBO television version now uploaded to Youtube) because she's so passionate with it! And now when I read, I can do so in that same way.

TVM is exactly as advertised by the title, a series of monologues about women's relationships with their vaginas. Gosh even typing this feels weird, it's just something women don't often talk about directly, which is exactly why Eve started this. She interviewed a wide variety of women all over the world about their relationships with their lady parts as a way to empower women to reclaim and embrace this part of ourselves as well as all the associations with it.
By that, I mean the concept of virginity, the word slut, how being a pussy means being weak and how the word cunt, though it has a completely innocent origin, is considered one of the most (if not the most) offensive word in the English language.

Even twenty years and multiple adaptations later, this piece is still relevant, still empowering (Pussy Grabs Back!) and still so necessary in the bid to end violence against women and girls.

'My body is a temple and I'm the God it was built for'- Savannah Brown



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