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vday and the vagina monologues

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i didn't really know how to begin my research. when i started, i googled something like "feminist organizations in minneapolis" and then changed it to events and groups, but i found some of the things that other people found or just nothing really relevant to the topic. after getting mildly stressed out, i came across the vagina monologues either just in my head or on a website advertising feminist events. i can't really remember anymore. i can't believe that nobody out of the twentysomething people that posted before me hadn't used this. this is a really popular event and one that is coming up really soon and that is coming to our very own campus.

on the website that had the showtimes for the colleges around st. paul, it had a link that said "what is vday?" because i didn't know what they had to do with and i figured i should know for my explanation of this event, i clicked on it. i was taken to the vday site and began to investigate. through this, i found the organization's mission statement.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2006, over 2700 V-Day benefit events are taking place by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

i didn't know, but i guess i should've figured, that there was a motive, and a powerful one at that, behind the vagina monologues. rock on. it has a large international following and is performed all over the country.

The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 81 countries from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, and all of North America. V-Day, a non-profit corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. In its first year of incorporation (2001), V-Day was named one of Worth Magazine's "100 Best Charities." In eight years, the V-Day movement has raised over 30 million.

something else that i also didn't know was that the vagina monologues are only performed around valentine's day. i guess i have never made that connection before. i think it's great that valentine's day actually has an association that is significant, larger than life, bigger than candy, flowers, and love.

the 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.

i enjoyed looking around the website. i liked the section "v-moments" that had a bunch of thoughts and quotations from the creator. they offer further insight into the mission of vday and explained to me eve ensler's motivations and inspirations for doing this and the impact it is having.

the vday website