Performance of ‘Vagina Monologues’ Shines Light on Women’s Health, Empowerment

Laurel Downie '18 performs in the Vagina Monologues (Photo courtesy of the Women's Center)

Laurel Downie ’18 performs in the Vagina Monologues (Photo Jeffery Williams/Department of Cinema & Media Studies)

By Sarah Hinck, Staff Writer

An abundance of Gettysburg students sported stylish and trendy t-shirts that said “MADE IN VAGINA” last week while walking around on campus … they were in support of the Women’s Center’s annual production of The Vagina Monologues, which took place last Thursday and Friday in the CUB Ballroom.

Directed by Caroline Lewis ‘18 and Marion McKenzie ’19, The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler. It celebrates women’s sexuality though a series of both humorous and deeply moving monologues.

This year, two student written monologues were included as well; each was touching, well written, and followed by a loud round of applause.

Daniella Snyder, a senior and a four-year participant of The Vagina Monologues said she hopes The Vagina Monologues sends a message to the Gettysburg College community.

“I hope that for men it makes them think about things they say or the way their privilege can affect women without realizing it,” Snyder said. “It tells women that they should never be ashamed for their sexual activity or of their vagina.”

Samantha Hann ’21 attended the performance. She expressed how she left the performance feeling empowered and enlightened. She was adamant that she wanted to participate next year.

The Vagina Monologues sheds light upon many of the serious issues women face today such as slut shaming and sexual violence, but also emphasizes female empowerment. Event proceeds benefited Survivors Inc., which seeks to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Author: Sarah Hinck

Sarah Hinck '21 hails from Wilton, Connecticut and intends to major in either Organization and Management Studies or Political Science. She hopes to be an active member of the Gettysburg College community! Some of her hobbies include reading, playing lacrosse, and listening Broadway's "Hamilton" soundtrack.

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