The Vagina Monologues

ShelbyShelby Forsyth, 21 Appalachian State University

I attended The Vagina Monologues for the first time as a freshman at Appalachian. I don’t quite remember the reason I went. I just knew the title of the show intrigued me and its content was something my parents would’ve never approved of. That was reason enough for me to buy a ticket and see what all the buzz was about.

That February 2011 show blew me away. After it ended, I looked at my roommates sitting in the seats next to me and said, “I have to do this next year.” Never before had I experienced something like the Monologues. Women, talking so openly about sex and love and their lives all in relation to their vaginas… it was amazing. At first I was blushing and stuttering with the rest of the crowd. But then it dawned on me: “I’ve got one, so why the hell can’t I talk about it?!” The rest was history.

Fast forward three years and I’m directing the show for the second time along with my stellar co-director, Tami Gorodetzer. Together we’re meeting with the cast weekly, choreographing group scenes, and ultimately creating a life-changing experience for those on and off stage. We want women everywhere to be empowered and strengthened by the show, and we want the men who interact with them to respect and honor them…as they should be!

1782285_10201172296339023_1299696264_oThe Vagina Monologues is a play about women, love, sex, war, men, growing up, growing old, and ultimately embracing and celebrating what it means to be a female. It’s absolutely beautiful. And each year I have been so humbled being part of the show. It inspires me to be a better woman, a better leader, and a better activist. I’m going to continue to seek out The Vagina Monologues wherever I go post-graduation, because it changed my life; and it continues to change so many.

The Vagina Monologues is performed across the world between February and early April, mostly on college campuses. Proceeds from all Vagina Monologues performances go directly to local safehouses and women’s shelters as well as the larger VDAY campaign, which works to end violence against women and girls worldwide. To find a performance near you, visit: http://vspot.vday.org/vday/events. For more information on The Vagina Monologues and its world mission, visit: http://www.vday.org/

Shelby Forsyth, Co-Director of ASU’s Vagina Monologues 2014 Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458767284346660/

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