“Fifty percent of the population has a vagina, and the other fifty percent at least came from one.”
This was Kristina Bradley’s main reason why people should see “The Vagina Monologues.”
“The Vagina Monologues” are stories of real women with real experiences being passed on from community to community across the world while supporting the V-Day cause. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and does so through creative events like “The Vagina Monologues,” according to vday.org.
Bradley, aside from being a residence hall director, is the director of this year’s Vagina Monologues. This is her third year participating in the program and her first at Western; her previous two were at the University of Missouri.
“It was a really powerful experience for me when I was an undergrad, and I wanted to bring that [experience] here to Western,” Bradley said.
Year in and year out people’s first impression seems to be laughs at the audition signs. It’s a common thing for people to find humor in the “vagina” part of the title. “The Vagina Monologues” are about as blunt and straight forward as anything, but sure doesn’t stand for anything funny.
Nicole Gardner, a public relations volunteer, understands why the title is what it is.
“No one is going to come or understand if it’s not straight up called what it is,” Gardner said. “They are personal stories from women about everything from rape to loving their own vaginas. It’s what it means to be a woman and the struggles that we go through.”
Just because these monologues are stories of women being told by women, doesn’t mean women are the only audience being targeted. Men can learn just as much, if not more, just by listening to these stories.
“It’s not necessarily a feminist thing, it’s more about women in your life and this is what they go through, and you need to pay attention because it’s important to them,” Gardner said.
Danielle Wagner, one of the “Monologue” performers, finds it important that men attend and hear what is being said.
“It’s good for men to get a perspective from the women and take on a new perspective of feminism,” Wagner said.
This year’s “Monologues” will be performed by approximately 20 individuals who strongly support the messages that each story brings. The monologues are open performances and are free for the audience. They will be collecting donations from willing audience members who would like to help prevent violence against women. It will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 in Kemper Recital Hall.