Tonight is the night I’ve been waiting months for. It’s the night that the women of my church get up on stage and talk about vaginas. This may sound strange, but it’s part of an international movement started by Eve Ensler over 10 years ago. We are taking part in the VDay Movement and performing the Vagina Monologues.
Eve Ensler interviewed 200 women of all ages and backgrounds about vaginas, and by extension about their views on sex, relationships and violence against women. Her work has turned from an off-Broadway production into an international movement reaching many countries all over the world. The VDay non-profit has raised over $50 million dollars for women’s anti-violence groups through the benefits of the Vagina Monologues.
Our production, which I will be narrating this evening, benefits BARN, a local organization which benefits homeless women and their dependent children. The women performing in this production range in age from sixteen to seventy-eight and vary in size, shape, background, and voice. Each one brings a gift to this world through her performance and I am incredibly proud to be a part of this production and in a church community that supports women speaking out against violence, raising money for a charity that directly affects our local community, and encourages women to say the word VAGINA.
VAGINA IS NOT A DIRTY WORD.
I’ll type it again: VAGINA IS NOT A DIRTY WORD. It doesn’t get as much attention as “penis” and there are all too many negative connotations associated with words for the female anatomy, but vagina is not a dirty word. It may not be the prettiest word, but it is a clinical word, part of the female anatomy. It’s not going anywhere, so you’re just going to have to get used to it.
(And, if you’re in the Northern Virginia area, come out and see our production of the Vagina Monologues.)
Saturday March 13, 2010
Bull Run Unitarian Universalists
9350 Main St. Manassas, VA 20110