By Graciela Garcia
The question is brought up a lot.
“So it’s called the Vagina Monologues… do they like, actually talk about their vaginas?”
The short answer: yes. They talk about their vaginas, A LOT. But, is talking about vaginas really that big of a deal? Another short answer: yes and no.
For centuries, women have been told that talking about their vagina was inappropriate and taboo. There was even a time when people thought natural things like a woman’s menstrual cycle could kill crops, turns wine sour, make the fruit on trees fall off, and much more. Basically, comparing a woman’s natural menstrual cycle to a deathly plague.
However, there are so many topics and issues surrounding a woman’s vagina that no one really talks about.
The Vagina Monologues is a play by Eve Ensler that has truly helped raise awareness on women’s issues around the world. In 2006, Charles Isherwood of the New York Times described it as “one of the most important pieces of political theater of the last decade.”
Since the debut of the Vagina Monologues in 1996, thousands of performances have been put on around the country at different colleges, high schools, and local theaters. It sparked this thrush of empowerment that was never really shown or seen before.
The directors for this year’s Vagina Monologues include seniors Maddie Muccino, Kerri O’Rourke, and sophomore Tirzah McMillan. The three have been a powerhouse for the cast of more than 50 women of all different backgrounds.
Although last year was McMillan’s first time in the Vagina Monologues, it was a very empowering experience and she’s hoping she can help move other women too. She was able to open herself up to this position, knowing that this wasn’t just a small production at Springfield College. It means so much more.
“This is so much bigger than you and me,” McMillan explained, emphasizing what she has taken away from this new leadership experience. “My imprint is big here, but I’m just a small fish in a big sea.”
Muccino has been a part of the Monologues for the past two years, and never envisioned herself being a director. That was, until the opportunity was given to her. Muccino knew it was something she needed to take.
“I thought it was better for myself to actually step up into this leadership role and not hold myself back anymore,” she said.
O’Rourke is finishing up her last year at Springfield College and ending it with something that has been near and dear to her for a very long time. O’Rourke has been member of Students Against Violence Everywhere [SAVE], since her freshman year, and she has been part of the Monologues for the past three years.
She was ready to pass it on and be able to have a new and different role that helps emphasize the importance of giving a voice to the voiceless.
“It’s for people in countries that have no say or voice. We get to spread that word, spreading awareness. Women always knock each other down and this is pretty much saying, ‘Instead of women knocking other women down, it’s women building other women up.’”
Monologues is an important part of the Springfield College community. Muccino explained how the show has changed her life for the better, and emphasizes the feeling that she shares with so many of the women in this cast.
“Being part of this movement has been the most powerful thing that I’ve experienced, being at Springfield college. It really helped me find the person that I am today- becoming a more confident person, independent person, and focusing on myself and my happiness,” she said.
The Vagina Monologues is being performed by the students of Springfield College at the Fuller Arts Center February 7-9 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7.