Empowering film gives background to original ‘Vagina Monologues’

by Jessica Sierocki, photo editor. 

UNIVERSITY CENTER– V-Week at Delta continued with the featured film “Until the Violence Stops” on Feb. 15. The iconic film was created in 2003 and features clips of the original “Vagina Monologues” from Harlem, New York in 1997, as well as showing how cultures around the world embrace V-Day.

“The Vagina Monologues” were created as a way for women of all shapes, sizes and race to come together as a community and face their struggles with sexual abuse together. Eve Ensler is the producer and writer for the original monologue event as well as an active feminist.

JodiAnn Stevenson, associate professor of English, introduced the film to the audience and conducted the informal discussion following the showing.  

“Raising awareness of issues that are affecting women is important. I don’t think that we get a lot of information about the problems females are facing. I think there are many more survivors on campus than people think and that there are survivors who aren’t getting the help that they need,” says Stevenson.

Ensler stands alongside other influential woman who tell their tales of survival. Among them are actresses Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Rosario Dawson. Their theatrical presentation of issues that are not talked about helped spread the acceptance of V-Day across the world.

Stevenson left the audience with a lesson that embraces the purpose of the “Vagina Monologues.”

“Girls need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and open up because the only way to heal is to face it head on,” says Stevenson.  

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