The Vagina Monologues – A Memory, A Poem and a Question


AtoZ ChallengeA-Z Challenge letter: V –Β Vagina

Back when I was in newly qualified teacher in my first year of teaching, I took a small group of year 9 girls (and I wish I could tell you how much I loved those girls; they were fabulous) to an Amnesty International workshop day in London.

vaginamonologuesTwo of the workshops I attended that day have stayed with me. One was about refugees and put us in an interactive role play which frightened me half to death. The other was a reading of some of The Vagina Monologues*. One of those poems has haunted me ever since.

Years later, I went to see The Vagina Monologues in Nottingham with my mother-in-law. It was funny, moving, empowering. And there was that poem again. Haunting.

And so today, I have decided to go back there. To link to that haunting poem, although I will say no more about it – just leave Β it to be read.

And then a question. A question that made me smile when I heard it at the Amnesty International workshop. One which made smile even more when I read it for myself having bought the book. One to which the answers made me laugh out loud.

I hope you will read the poem, although I appreciate it might be too much for some.

And I hope that you will answer the question too.

If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear ?

 

By the way, my answer is, always has been – Doc Martens and a tutu πŸ˜‰

 

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5 comments on “The Vagina Monologues – A Memory, A Poem and a Question

  1. Wow… I don’t know what to say… I mean, I’d hear of the “Vagina Monologues”, but I always thought it was some comedy thing… πŸ™

    We all know what happens whenever and wherever there are conflicts and wars (even when/where there aren’t. My cousin’s wife was brutally raped and killed in America), but reading this broke my heart… I’ll definitely share your post… More people need to know about this.

    Dani.
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  2. I have heard of this play but never got a chance to watch it.Hope to do it sometime.
    Thanks for dropping by at my blog earlier today πŸ™‚
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  3. afshan on said:

    Vagina monologues such a unique name and I loved it. Good that u attended the event. Will read poem at leisure
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  4. I’ve never heard of the vagina monologues before, but I read the poem and can see why you found it so haunting.
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