Awareness, support to be raised by ‘The Vagina Monologues’

The annual comedic play “The Vagina Monolouges” will make its way back to ISU’s campus this weekend to raise awareness of issues facing women today.

The lighthearted, yet comedic play ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is back to spread awareness on real issues women experience across the globe.

This play, hosted annually by ISU’s Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.), will take place at 7 p.m. in Old Main of the Bone Student Center from Thursday to Saturday. There will also be a Vagina Fair beforehand at 6 p.m. with local agencies and treats for sale. Tickets for the show are $8.

“‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a play written by Eve Ensler after she interviewed hundreds of diverse women about their experiences,” F.L.A.M.E. President Mallie Feltner said.

Feltner said Ensler went on to create the nonprofit organization called V-Day in order to spread awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. These were two common issues women talked about in Ensler’s interviews.

“The Vagina Monologues” is a global play put on by different organizations and all the money raised goes back to community agencies for women. These include Ensler’s V-Day, YWCA’s Stepping Stones and CDV Neville house.

“People should support this event because domestic violence and sexual assault are real issues in our community and on our campus,” Feltner said.

This play will attempt to give courage to any woman who has experienced abuse as well as open the eyes of those who are oblivious. “The Vagina Monologues” aims toward touching the hearts of both women and men.

“[The play] works to bring women together so they know they’re not alone,” F.L.A.M.E. Co-president Brooke Barnhart said. “It’s important to raise awareness about these issues to hopefully bring a stop to them.”

Barnhart said F.L.A.M.E. strives to fight domestic violence, abuse and other issues in order to make a difference. They also assist students in gaining professional skills and resources to fight oppression.

F.L.A.M.E. will have a table for “The Vagina Monologues” ticket purchases today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Airport Lounge and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stevenson lobby. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

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