Porn tells us that all women look the same. Clean-shaven and so small she’s virtually non-existent. It tells us that women have sex the same way and they like the same things. Porn tells us that women are interested in the same positions and it tells us that all women like the lights on and have no qualms about their bodies.
“The Vagina Monologues” tries to dispel those notions by addressing issues real women face every day. Oswego State hosted the play on Friday and Saturday in the Sheldon Ballroom.
The monologues were started by Eve Ensler in 1996 and they covered topics like sex, relationships and acts of violence against women.
Some people may find the content offensive but that isn’t what makes “The Vagina Monologues” so important. What makes the monologues so great is it shows there are women who share the same insecurities and who have gone through similar experiences regarding love and sex. While it’s difficult to make it more current because the performance is still the same as it was in the ‘90s, there’s the huge likelihood that women today feel the same.
The show talked about real reactions from women who took time to notice their bodies, even the parts they didn’t like. They talked about how trips to the gynecologist are extremely uncomfortable and how no true effort is made for the woman to relax in that setting.
Women are made to feel like pariahs for not shaving or for having differently shaped, colored or formed body parts but, “The Vagina Monologues,” in so many ways, shed a light on that. They highlight how women are the same, but different at the same time. Those differences are a reason to celebrate.
It evokes a feeling of liberation and solidarity among women.
To hear that there are other people who are uncomfortable about the same thing brings out a bond. Women shy away from talking about vaginas, like they’re something dirty, but the monologues are important because they focus on taking back female sexuality by making the word “vagina” less of a secret, something people whisper in the confines of their own homes.
They’re important because it highlights the many different ways that women identify with themselves. It’s not just about living with yourself and your body, it’s about loving and accepting who you are. It’s about empowerment.
“The Vagina Monologues” are important because they expose the dirtier thoughts and the vulnerabilities. They’re important because it allows for women to celebrate their vaginas and what it means to be a woman. The relationship a woman has with herself is the most important one she can strive to have.