The Vagina Monologues Speaks to Women’s Experiences

The Vagina Monologues, a smorgasbord of women’s stories written and compiled by American playwright Eve Ensler, was performed for the 5C community in Claremont Mckenna College’s Pickford Auditorium April 24-25. Directed by Katie Beck CM ‘16 and Clancy Tripp CM ‘15 and produced by Ellie Lynch PZ ‘17, the show looked at what it means to be a woman in the 21st century and how the vagina can be a tool for female empowerment. Although 5C performers attempted to cater to all types—not just those who identify traditionally as ‘women’—there is some controversy surrounding the monologues due to their perceived lack of inclusivity. All proceeds went to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women, and House of Ruth, a Claremont organization that assists families that are victimized by domestic violence. Lynch had acted in the monologues last year and used that experience to help her better produce the show. She attributed the show’s success to the open forum that it creates. “The Vagina Monologues brings together a group of women who otherwise wouldn’t have a way of needing one another and creates a dialogue of womanhood through a personal lens,” Lynch said. “It gives girls an outlet to talk about societally unorthodox things that normally they would perhaps be too afraid to discuss.” 

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