‘The Vagina Monologues’: Stories That Need To Be Heard
Emma Biberdorf/Argosy

Being part of The Vagina Monologues is something that I have always wanted to do. Both my mom and my cousin took part in other productions of this show and I liked the idea of being able to follow in their footsteps. This is about my experience participating in The Vagina Monologues this year. As a woman, I feel that it is very empowering to take part in a show like this. Though I have done theatre before, this show is completely different from anything else I have ever done. It is a much more intimate show and you really have to put yourself out there. You’re vulnerable, which is not always easy.

Being a part of this production, I felt that I had a responsibility to the women who wrote the monologues to tell their stories in the best possible way, as well as to make sure that the audience would understand why these stories need to be told and why a show like this needs to be performed.

Not all women are brave enough to share their own stories and I hope that a show like this will inspire them to do so. As hard as some of these monologues are to listen to, they are all based on true events and we need to recognize that these kind of situations actually happen and to support survivors. These are real stories based on real experiences, which is what makes them so meaningful.

It is also important that men attend a show like this because it can help them to understand what it is like for women and see the kinds of things that we go through each and every day.

Being part of this year’s Vagina Monologues has benefitted me as a person because it has made me more open, and it has definitely made talking about vaginas and women’s experiences much easier. I would definitely want to participate in this show again – it was such an enjoyable experience and something that all women should take part in if they want to. I hope that a show like this will start conversations about women’s experiences. We need to make this a year-round discussion. It is also important to have other kinds of events that focus on women’s experiences so talking about this topic becomes more comfortable.

I am glad to have been part of a show that can inspire other women to feel comfortable with who they are and to have witnessed how a monologue can make an impact on so many people.

Katarina Baasner