Saturday, February 14, 2009
It's V-Day!

And when I say V-Day, I'm not talking about Valentine's. I'm talking about Victory. And Vaginas.

Some weeks ago I found a book version of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at one of my favourite bookstores. So needless to say I paid my money and brought it home. While reading it, I wondered how exactly answers came to the minds of women for questions that seemed, to me, somewhat outlandish. "If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?" I'm starting to suspect that mine would wear a suit and top hat. Or a glass eye. But I'm not sure how that answer came to me. It really amazes me how easily the girls I asked came up with answers: a tutu, a plaid skirt and chains, a thong... Weird O_o

This is also how I learned a new word in Tagalog. Prior to reading The Vagina Monologues, I had known "kumusta". Now I can say "puki". And we can all guess what that means. Now it seems that "Puki" has become a nickname for me with a young Filipina girl, which is somewhat awkward, but at the same time adorable.

Anyway, thus began the miniature Vagina Revolution. I read "Hair" to some of my friends, and the rest is history. Soon we were walking down the street, and met a girl from the Convent. One of us told her, "Say 'vagina'!" She said it. "Say it louder!" She said it louder. "How do you feel?" She felt good! :D

Since then I've lent the book around a bit and we've been casually reading monologues to each other. I've been working on perfecting my Queens accent by repeatedly watching the Coffee Talk with Linda Richman sketches from SNL, so I can be the old lady in "The Flood". For some reason when I read that one, I always picture Barbra Streisand's character in Meet the Fockers. Then I did some more research into the V-Day movement, which is a movement about ending violence and injustice against women and girls all over the world. Each year the V-Day campaign has a spotlight issue, and I believe this year's is to do with women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So in order to raise funds for this cause, the V-Day participators stage benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues in communities and on college campuses all over the world. And there are hundreds of these events each year. So there had to be one in Trinidad, right?

Well here's the thing: there isn't. Jamaica has two V-Day events planned, so why don't we have any? We've got a perfectly good university campus that, from what I'm told, is being used for a lot of rum-drinking and unsavoury actions. We've got several perfectly good theatres. Why not take this opportunity to make a positive statement and exhibit some solidarity with our sisters who are being raped and mistreated, not just in the Congo, but throughout the world, and in our own nation? Someone should take the initiative. And it's simple. You can just go onto the V-Day website and sign up to host a V-Day event with a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues, or A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer.

Why don't I do this myself, you ask? I'm not a student of the university. And I will not be here in this country for very much longer, I'm afraid. Come August I will be off to Scotland to start a new phase in my life. And as cool as it would be, somehow I don't see a high school production of TVM happening at the Convent in the near future. Find me a nun who routinely and proudly uses the word "Vagina", though, and I'll change my mind.

So, in closing I will leave you with a quotation from MadTV's parody of the play, which is funny as all hell as well as somewhat heartwarming.

V! Validate it!
A! Adore it!
G! Grab it!
I! Ignite it!
N! Nurture it!
A! Air it out!

VAGINA!

Thank you.


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