‘Vagina Monologues’ celebrates Valentine’s Day, raises awareness

Alec Wizar, Correspondent

The “Vagina Monologues,” designed to bring light to women’s oppression, was performed Feb. and 15 at Wilkes University.

Valentine’s Day weekend is historically a time for couples to celebrate their relationships, but lately it has become a day for raising awareness against violence toward women and girls.

Wilkes University echoed its support of the idea behind V-Day by holding two nights of the “Vagina Monologue.”

The interviewing process in which the women talked about their experiences took place with the help of writer Eve Ensler.

These events were held 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 in the Henry Student Center Ballroom on campus.

The performance is about how women have suffered various kinds of violence and oppression around the world, and how they expressed it when interviewed.

The series of monologues that grew from her interviews eventually became what is now the production.

Now ongoing for more than a decade, “The Vagina Monologues” has raised millions of dollars every year around the world for local charities and for an annual spotlight charity (a group facing especially dire circumstances that year).

“Wilkes University is the only college in the valley to perform Ensler’s production,” Mischelle Anthony, faculty coordinator, said. “It’s a good cause, and we are able to help out a variety of local charities.”

The local charities that benefit from Wilkes’s participation in the event include Planned Parenthood, Victims Resource Center, the Magnolia Project and Domestic Violence Service Center.

Many students are excited about the opportunity to learn more about what the Vagina Monologues are about.

“At first I didn’t know what to expect,” sophomore Rebecca Filipski said. “I ended up learning a lot about how women suffered from the stories presented, and it inspired me to join next year.”

T-shirts are for sale to commemorate the event for $10 apiece. Senior English major Miranda Baur designed the shirts.