Many people are either repulsed or immediately offended after hearing the term “vagina.” However, the University Commons event that was put on Monday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 20 was anything but repulsive.
This year’s “Vaginalogues” were free to students and were hosted in the UC Auditorium at 8 p.m. Doors opened at 7:30 p.m., and the first 15 attendants received free T-shirts. Refreshments were also served during intermission. Although free food and beverages are always a plus, it was the content of the show that was truly rewarding.
A total of 10 acts were put on by UWF student-volunteers that sent the audience on a roller-coaster of emotions. An act titled “Angry Vagina” had the crowd in uproarious laughter, while the story of a young woman who came dangerously close to being gang raped tugged at the audience’s heartstrings.
Topics ranged from race to the benefits of being a woman, to not being afraid of saying the word vagina itself.
“The Vaginalogues were amazing,” Lauren Hercules, freshman, said. “As a female I felt enlightened and entertained. They spoke on just about every topic surrounding vaginas.”
While entertaining, the Vaginalogues were also very informative. The audience was given shocking rape statistics: Did you know that people who rape Caucasian women are more likely to go to jail than offenders who rape minority women? Or that offenders who rape white women receive one-third more jail time than defilers of minority women?
The statistics are repulsive, but the most appalling information given to the audience was about Asian sex trafficking. The stories were of women that were promised a good job and decent living, but were instead turned into sex slaves and punching bags for distraught soldiers. The act brought many audience members close to tears.
“It was so sad to hear about those women and what happened to them,” Ariana Jackson, freshman, said. “I’m glad I came to the show because I wouldn’t have ever otherwise known about this piece of history. It’s good to be informed and know what’s going on in the world we live in.”
The host of this year’s Vaginalogues also urged the audience of men and women to get tested for STDs and to learn to build healthy relationships.
Of the themes expressed in this year’s Vaginalogues, the most essential was for women to not be afraid of who they are and to embrace their gender.