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'Vagina Monologues' highlights taboo topics

staff writer

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 21:02

It’s a word so uncomfortable that people avoid saying it, said Jordan Ames, the assistant director of the Vagina Monologues.


“People get really, really uncomfortable when you talk about a vagina,” Ames said. “The word ‘vagina’ is kind of a taboo.”


The Vagina Monologues took place in the TSC Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14. Jamie L. Huber, the program coordinator for the USU Center for Women and Gender, said the monologues are a way to promote the sexuality of women.


“The monologues work to break down the mystery and stereotypes of women sexuality,” Huber said. “Feminism is definitely present within the monologues, but it is not a specific focus of the monologues.”


This was the third year USU students have casted and directed the Vagina Monologues, said Michelle Bogdan, the director of USU’s Access and Diversity Center.


“This year we have done a slight change in that it is still completely student supported, cast and directed, but we have stepped in as the Women and Gender and Access and Diversity Center to step in lend support,” Bogdan said. “We see the value in it as an opportunity for students to learn more about and issues that are happening all around the world.”


The monologues are composed of a series of interviews conducted by playwright Eve Ensler from women around the world.


“Mine talks about all the things that women go through,” said Annie Lantis, who performed the monologue “My Angry Vagina.” “Tampons, exams we have to go through and different things like that.  Mine has really funny, funny parts, and it really makes people say ‘Yeah, I hate that,’ or ‘Yeah, that’s funny,’ and it’s OK to hate that and it’s OK to laugh about it.”


Other monologues are about women who have experienced sexual assault and rape.

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