Missouri Western held a production of “The Vagina Monologues” to open up the discussion about violence against women and girls.
The production was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Kemper Recital Hall. The TItle IX Office and the Gender and Power Studies Program sponsored the program. All donations from the show went to the St. Joseph YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter.
Senior Autumn Moore thinks that the topics discussed were important and need to be discussed more.
“It’s really important to spread the word and offer different people’s perspectives,” Moore said. “You get exactly what their idea of the story is because not a lot of people, unfortunately, talk about their genitila in the 21st century, which you’d think would be a thing, but no. I think [the event] is really important because it allows people to just have an excuse and open up and talk about stuff more and get into the meat of it.”
“The Vagina Monologues” have been taking place for about 25 years. It’s an Obie Award-winning play, and the play takes place all around the world on Valentine’s Day as a way to raise awareness of violence against women.
Associate professor Shawna Harris said that she thinks it’s incredible that the campus held an event like this.
“I actually talk about this type of issue a lot,” Harris said. “My area of research is sexual communication, so I think something like this is amazing for our campus because it actually brings to light these issues that women face and women’s sexuality which can be stifled a lot of times in our culture. It lets us know that these things happen that we need to raise awareness for.”
“The Vagina Monologues” is a series of stories written by Eve Ensler that focuses on topics such as self identity, sex, relationships and violence towards women.
Harris feels like the event helps explain self-love too.
“All women should know about their bodies, feel their bodies and love their bodies,” Harris said.