Thursday, February 28, 2008

Vagina Monologues!

This year's V-day Campaign is spotlighting the women of New Orleans. V-day and the Vagina Monologues are celebrating their 10th anniversary in New Orleans this year. For us at U of I SHN, this all is fortuitous timing.

Miranda, next year's SHN president and a former theatre teacher, decided she wanted to be the local organizer of V-day and the Vagina Monologues. She put together a FABULOUS, all-law student cast, and I am honored to get to read the spotlight monologue about New Orleans, entitled "The Wetlands". At first I was reluctant to say "vagina" outloud, but then again...that's what The Vagina Monologues is all about. Why should we be ashamed to say it?

My monologue declares that New Orleans is the vagina of America, and goes into a list of ways that we want and use her (NOLA) when we want, but then mistreat her when we're sick of her. Its so true. My hope is that one day NOLA, women, and all others that have been "used" by society will be seen for what they/we are -- unique, nuanced, special, and worthy of our respect.

If you're in Champaign-Urbana, come see the show March 7 & 8 at 8pm, at the IMC in Urbana!