Violence against women has never really been a women's issue. Skip navigation! Even if you've never seen or read The Vagina Monologues — the American play in which women recite stories about sex, masturbation, pap smears, childbirth and more — the name alone gives away how progressive it was when it premiered in s New York.
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Top definition. A vagina monologue is when a female, goes on and on incessantly about something that a man could really give a shit about. I was trying to listen to the game on the ride home, but my girlfriend was reciting her vagina monologues again.
Twenty years ago, when I wrote The Vagina Monologuesit was very difficult to say the word vagina anywhere. The public utterance of the word alone was explosive as so much of the truth about what happened to vaginas was repressed, denied, kept secret, and coated in shame and self-hatred. One out of three women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.
The play explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, vaginal care, menstrual periods, sex workand several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the play "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade. When she left the play, it was recast with three celebrity monologists.
Every February, staff, faculty, and students comes together to perform Vagina Monologues for the MU and Columbia community. Our cast has ranged from 25 all the way to people! Each year, the play is done to raise money for a program that helps to fight gender based violence in our community and around the world.
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It is, needless to say, a controversial work of art. Ensler had a violent upbringing and was consequently "obsessed with women being violated and rapedand with incest. Interestingly, the most well-known feature of the play is also one of its most minor points: its advocacy of making the word "vagina" mentionable in polite society.