People have been talking to me. People have been talking about me. People have been talking to me about me. It’s really quite unsettling.
This is not some alternate Gossip Girl universe though. This is about the Vagina Monologues. I’m not going to talk about the misinformed controversy around it or why the play is still important. I am not an alumna or Eve Ensler. I am simply a senior at Mount Holyoke who is acting in this years’ production of the Vagina Monologues, and I am here to tell you why.
I remember the first time I saw the Vagina Monologues. It was spring 2013, my sophomore year. I had only been at Mount Holyoke for a year, but had already declared myself a Gender Studies Major and was very vocal about my feminist beliefs. Seeing the Vagina Monologues just felt right. And after all, I was prepared and already knew everything the play touched up.
But was I wrong.
Hair. It was one of the first monologues in the play. The woman’s husband, her only husband, coerced her into shaving all of her hair off. I began to cry. I sat there as I watched myself on stage. Too many ex’s had demanded or “politely requested” the same thing that this man had. This monologue articulated everything that I had been I feeling. Everything that I needed to get out. In that moment, the Vagina Monologues opened up my consciousness. It gave life to my feelings.
That’s why I am participating in the Vagina Monologues. It gave voice to my feelings. This play is about a topic few people ever get the opportunity to speak about- Vaginas. Exposure to the Vagina Monologues, along with the new on-campus production, The Student Body, is space for learning that all Mount Holyoke students have to experience.
The structure of this piece was partially inspired by the Vagina Monologues.