Tuesday, February 14, 2012

V-Day

V-Day is bigger than Valentine's day. I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's day. I mean, I don't hate it, but I like to think that I don't need a commercialized holiday to express love. V-Day, on the other hand, is "a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery."
How does one celebrate V-Day? Well there are lots of ways, but for lots of people (and me!), it means the Vagina Monologues. I've wanted to go to the Vagina Monologues for almost two years. And, as it turns out, they are really fucking awesome. Are they a little explicit? Yes. But in an entirely okay way, because they left me with a I-love-being-a-woman high that lasted for days (notice the increased frequency of feminist posts). They're both funny and tragic, but really, it was a celebration of vaginas, which is something that should happen more often.
There are lots of really great pieces. Some are heart-breaking, some are pee-your-pants funny, and some are just lovely. My very very very favorite part came out of "I was there in the room" which Eve Ensler wrote after the birth of her granddaughter. She writes, "I stood, and as I stared, her vagina suddenly became a wide red pulsing heart. The heart is capable of sacrifice. So is the vagina. The heart is able to forgive and repair. It can change its shape to let us in. It can expand to let us out. So can the vagina. It can ache for us and stretch for us, die for us and bleed and bleed us in to this difficult, wondrous world. So can the vagina."
So that's my two-cents for the day. I'm hoping to go to the showing at UVU, if it is indeed on March 22 and 23 as the facebook page claims it is and not March 9 as the other website claims it is. Come with me. Please. I will love you forever and I promise good conversation on the way back. 
Here's a clip. Watch and Laugh (and don't get offended)





PS. This came in an email from the ladies over at Miss Representation. It made me happy.
"Write yourself a Valentine. List the things you like about yourself in your personal valentine. And, when you write others cards, remember to avoid complimenting physical appearance and instead focus on their talents, generosity, unique personality, and/or intelligence."

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