Theatre: The Vagina Monologues
"I bet you're worried. I was worried. I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them."
— The opening of the play
Controversial play written by Eve Ensler. It debuted in 1996 on Broadway, at Westside Theater. It's pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin
, being a bunch of monologues that connect the vagina to different themes, such as love, rape, sex, menstruation, genital mutilation, birth, masturbation, orgasm, and slang terms for the part.
The monologues include:
- I Was 12; My Mother Slapped Me: A piece all about periods.
- Hair: A woman whose husband wanted her to shave despite her objections.
- The Flood: An older woman who was ashamed of the area "down there" and how it functioned in her youth.
- The Vagina Workshop: A woman details her experiences with learning how to love her vagina.
- Because He Liked To Look At It: "This monologue was based on an interview with a woman who had a good experience with a man."
- My Angry Vagina: Rant against tampons, douches, and OB/GYN's.
- My Vagina Was My Village: A collection of interviews from women in Bosnia that were in rape camps.
- The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could: The most controversial out of the set. A 13-year-old girl who was violently raped by a man as a child is seduced by a much-older woman and she sees the latter experience as positive, saying "if it was rape, it was a good rape." The age was changed to 16 after the most severe criticisms were made.
- Reclaiming "Cunt": Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Six-Year-Old Girl: A six-year-old girl is asked about her vagina. One of the more controversial pieces due to the subjectively sexual nature of the questions.
- The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy: A story about a lesbian dominatrix sex worker who loved making women moan. Comedic in that the performer(s) simulates different types of moans/orgasms.
- I Was There in the Room: Eve Ensler's personal account of her granddaughter's birth.
- Under the Burqa: Added to the original performance in 2003. It's about women in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban.
- They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy: A trans woman's experiences.
- Crooked Braid: An American Indian woman's experiences with abuse.
- The Memory of Her Face: Women faced with acid attacks.
It has since become the cornerstone of the "V-Day" movement, which aims to raise awareness of rape and violence against women. As such, the play is frequently performed by colleges every year around Valentines Day.
Clean the sand out of your vagina and tell us the tropes this play uses!