On March 29-30; Feminist Empowerment Movement (FEM) hosted their third annual Vagina Monologues.
The monologues are part of a nationwide campaign every year that aims to bring awareness to what is happening to women all across the world. The monologues cover a variety of different topics including rape, genital mutilation, giving birth, and men.
The monologues are the brainchild of Tony Award winning playwright Eve Ensler. The monologues originally started out as a comedy sketch, but soon turned into something much bigger. To create the monologues, over 200 women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds were interviewed.
The answers that the women provided helped to create the first ever Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues also helped to create the national V-Day Campaign. Every Feb. 14, there is a worldwide campaign to end violence against women and girls and to promote awareness of this violence.
“I think the Vagina Monologues are a great way to educate people on what is happening to women in different parts of the world,” said senior Jamie Hollingshead, vice president of FEM and the producer for the show this year. “The show helps to educate people through humor.”
The Vagina Monologues that were performed helped to raised money for the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter, which is a local organization. They also helped to raise money for the National Organization for Women in Washington D.C.
This year, 15 Adrian College women participated in the monologues. Due to the number of women that auditioned, some parts of the monologues had to be cut.
“We didn’t have enough people to do the full script,” said senior FEM president and director of the monologues, Amila Zecevic. “We had to cut a couple monologues, and we added a new ending to make up the deficit.”
The ending included the full cast reading statements about how they are fed up with the lack of caring and awareness about the violence towards women and girls around the world.
This year’s cast consisted of nine seniors and six juniors. It also included a performance of John Mayer’s song “Daughters,” performed by senior Will DeYoung.
FEM hosts The Vagina Monologues every year in March. Auditions for the monologues typically start around November. Due to this year’s cast being juniors and seniors, underclassmen are highly encouraged to try out.
“More people should think about FEM,” said junior Clara Bauman, a performer in the monologues. “There are a lot of juniors and seniors in the club, so there is a huge need for more people to be interested and join FEM. If you enjoyed the show, then you’ll enjoy the club.”
For more information on FEM, contact Jamie Hollingshead or Amila Zecevic at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. FEM meets in the Vivian Conference Room on the second floor of Caine every Wednesday at 8 p.m.
For more information on the Vagina Monologes or how you can get involved and help to spread awareness about violence against women and girls, visit vday.org.