I’ve missed you! This week has been wonderfully hectic: through the Women’s Center, we hosted our first ever V-Week, full of lectures, roundtables, and vagina lollipops all leading to my first performance in The Vagina Monologues. It’s been a fabulous and emotional and physically draining experience and certainly one I’ll never forget. I cannot wait to share all of this with you, but first I must regain my voice, find free time, and hit the stage once more. For tonight, though, I leave you only with this:
Happy Friday, everyone. Can’t wait to catch up soon soon soon.
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Just wanted to share this lovely picture of the vagina-shaped lollipops that have taken over my kitchen. The Conn Coll Women’s Center is trying to scrounge up $2000 in two weeks to host speaker Vinnie Angel and these homemade vajayjay treats are a fun and provocative way to raise money and awareness during Conn’s V-Week (capped off with Vag Mons on the 19th!).
Vinnie is the creator of Vinnie’s Tampon Case, a product which stemmed from Vinnie Angel’s realization that the experiences of women are often not understood by men. If our culture insists that something so basic as menstruation must be kept “secret” from men, then how can we begin to involve men in discussing and working to change the more serious realities of gender violence? VTC is one of his more famous projects and Vinnie designed the cases to encourage a non-sexual dialogue between men and women about women’s bodies.
Honestly, I was initially a little freaked out by the chocolate vagina molds; as I argued to my fellow Women’s Center volunteers, these are going in your mouth. How could they not be sexualized? However, let’s face it- lollipops are pretty damn phallic (thanks, Lil Wayne). So I guess this is our stab at subverting the candy patriarchy…
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Dear Fellow Vagina Warriors,
The Vagina Monologues is an international phenomenon that celebrates women’s sexuality and strength through humor and grace while raising funds for anti-violence groups worldwide. For the past seven years Elizabeth’s school, Connecticut College, has performed The Vagina Monologues in order to spread the importance of female empowerment and respect. This year, she will be performing in the College’s production.
National studies show that one out of every four female college students will be sexually assaulted during her four years at college. We, as Vagina Warriors, find this statistic unacceptable. The Vagina Monologues is our call to action.
This performance has facilitated discussion and awareness of these important issues both on individual college campuses and in the global community. Yet violence against women remains not a widely publicized or well-funded cause.
The Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut (WCSEC) in New London, CT recently lost the funding necessary to remain open 24 hours a day. The Connecticut College production of The Vagina Monologues seeks to change this. Last year, approximately $7,500 was donated to WCSEC on behalf of Conn’s production. This year, Elizabeth and the other CC Vagina Warriors seek to match or exceed that number in proceeds. Seventy-five percent of the revenue from the CC production will go to the WCSEC and twenty-five percent to the V-Day Spotlight Fund: Power to the Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We would greatly appreciate any financial help that you could offer in support of this wonderful event. Elizabeth is in the process of rehearsing, advertising, and fundraising for the show and has been working with a fantastic group of women to ensure yet another wonderful CC production. If you’re in the area, attend a performance on February 19th or 20th at 7:00pm in Evans Hall, Cumming Arts Center at Connecticut College. If you can’t make Elizabeth’s show, we urge you to find a production near you and participate in this extraordinary cause.
Elizabeth and Julia
Donations may be sent to:
The Vagina Monologues
c/o Elizabeth Holland, Box 3782
270 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320
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