Vagina Monologues sparks conversation about women’s issues

A vagina shaped chocolate lollipop is not something one expects to see on SMU’s campus, but this week, in honor of the Vagina Monologues, these out of the ordinary treats were all over.

Display at the Vagina Monologues. Photo credit: Caroline Kushner

This years Vagina Monologues did not disappoint, with about 20 SMU female students delivering speeches from the original 1996 debut.

Val Irwin, program advisor for the Women and LGBT Center, said when she first arrived on campus, she was uncomfortable talking about her body and sexuality. When she first saw the Vagina Monologues, she was a little overwhelmed, but over time, it helped her in ways she could not have ever imagined.

“That ability to really connect people around different issues is important,” Irwin said.

The Vagina Monologues raise awareness to issues surrounding women, like those of body image, sexual abuse, and how to live in a patriarchal society. Rosa Castillo, a ticket vendor, felt this event was “inspiring.”

“It’s nice to know that other people sense the lack of awareness,” Castillo said.

This event is not just important for college women. Those about to join the working world, and even some high schoolers, find it necessary to attend such events.

Chloe Smiers, a high school sophomore, said she considers herself a strong feminist.

“It’s a fun way to teach people that feminism is important,” Smiers said on the importance of her attending the Vagina Monologues for the second year in a row on the Hilltop.

“Make people uncomfortable, that’s the whole point,” said Smiers.

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