V-Day 2009

10 02 2009

So V-Day is coming up very soon (and the Tufts production of the Vagina Monologues will be at the end of the month!) and I know that while many people have mixed feelings about Eve Ensler, I respect her and the work that she has been doing and continues to do. V-Day is a worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls, and the V in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

Each year V-Day has a different campaign. Last year the campaign was dedicated to helping women of New Orleans and the Gulf South. This year the campaign is called “Stop Raping our Greatest Resource, Power to the Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Sexual violence against women and girls in the DRC occurs rampantly and rape is a weapon of war to systemically perpetrate violence against women.

One of the reasons why I love the Vagina Monologues is because not only does it give women a voice and a safe space to reflect on and share their (bad and good) sexual experiences, but it also celebrates female sexuality. Women are not supposed to be sexual. Sexual pleasure is not really a principle that we are taught to know about and embrace. Instead women are supposed to be the passive receivers while men are active sexual agents. While sexual dysfunction for men is medicalized and the subject of much research, there is very little research done about female sexuality or female orgasms.

The Vagina Monologues helps to break the shame, silence and the taboo around sex, sexuality, sexual violence, and sexual pleasure.


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