V for Vagina Monologue
In 1996, The Vagina Monologues was a bold new episodic play by Eve Enslar to openly talk about feminine experiences related to vagina – as a part of body, sex, love, menstruation or just the common names to refer to vagina. Since 1996, this play has been narrated all over world through various versions relevant to the country where it is narrated with the aim to give women a platform to listen to stories about vagina along with an audience who is open to hear and cheer.
The play has been used over Women’s Day celebrations and even college events around the world. While I would leave it up to you to watch an hour-long play – original version or Indian, know that it is a piece of art and you may or may not like it. I value intentions and my point today is different that what is said in the play. I object to how we refer to vagina colloquially in various abuses and how we choose to ignore it as a part of body.
Like me you must have heard the C-word scratched on walls, behind seat covers and how people on the streets keep on hurling abuses at each other using the same C-word. My question is why? Can we challenge those around us and ask them to not use the word? My point being, it is just a part of body and if we don’t use a hand, leg, mouth or head as an abuse, why the vagina?
As Indians, we are progressing for I see people talking openly about sexuality, LGBT rights and preferences, marital rapes, freedom to live life on own terms but I feel uttering such words pulls you back many more steps than you take forward. so, for today, the thought I want you to leave with is nothing too big. Just that spark to think through it. If you are reading this post till this point, don’t use the word and ask others not to for it is unfair. For you to know, I have never used the word and I also openly object it’s usage.
I am blogging from A to Z during April (#409 on the list) and the theme I have chosen is set on women. Some of the posts will be here for you to know and some will be to reflect and accept. Share your thoughts and let me know how things are going. There is always a room for improvement.