F-WORD hosts ‘Vagina Monologues’
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 21:02
Vagina. Despite being an anatomical term it still seems to make people uncomfortable, so The F-Word is setting out to change that frame of mind.
This weekend The F-Word is presenting The Vagina Monologues, a series of monologues and ensemble pieces discussing issues that women deal with throughout their lives.
The Vagina Monologues was written by Eve Ensler in 1996 and has been performed every year since. Various theatre companies and activist groups have performed the show in a number of venues in order to raise awareness and do philanthropic work related to women.
Tammy Atha, a senior English major with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, is directing the show at Miami University this year.
According to Atha, the show tackles the many stories of the vagina, presenting the perspectives of women across the globe.
“It’s a funny show and a great experience, but it also opens your eyes to [women’s experiences] and the unfortunate aspects of vagina- related incidents,” Atha said.
The executive board of The F-Word sat down to discuss its purpose and why The Vagina Monologues is important.
According to Co-president and senior Tamika Turner, The F-Word is a feminist organization focused on education through activism.
“I got involved in the show and why it’s important is because it gives diverse women’s experiences to a campus focused on homogeny,” Turner said. “It brings more stories into the fold.”
Atha feels that this campus is an appropriate place to put on the show in light of recent events.
“Miami has come under fire recently because of the rape flyer, attitudes towards women and rape culture, and it’s important that there are people here that will stand up for women,” Atha said.
Junior Kiaya White, community outreach chair for The F-Word, discussed the recent focus of the group on consent and victim-blaming.
“We’ve done Take Back the Night, Speak Outs for survivors and friends of survivors and other programming about consent,” White said.
According to Turner, The F-Word sponsors programs for each day of the week to familiarize people with feminism.
“Feminism is considered another F-word, a dirty word,” senior Taylor Slayback, vice president of The F-Word, said. “F-Week is a way to demystify it.”
Slayback discussed the more personal reasons the show is important.
“[The F-Word] is a very accepting place,” Slayback said. “As a trans woman, they were very open to me, and that’s also really important for the actresses. They all come to the show for a reason within themselves.”
The show involves about 35 women and is a part of the activism the group does. All proceeds go to the Cincinnati Union Bethel Off the Streets program that helps women who had been involved in prostitution. The program includes help with childcare, health care and job searching, among other services.
“The reason this show is so important is because it’s about women across different aspects of the campus,” White said. “It’s to educate, we’re all here to serve a greater purpose.”
The Vagina Monologues will take place 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Leonard Theatre on Western Campus. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 and are available through the Shriver Box Office, as well as a table inside Shriver run by The F-Word.
They will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and feminine and personal care items at the door.