V-Day is a world wide movement to stop violence against women and girls. It also promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
Using monologues from Eve Ensler's famous play, 'The Vagina Monologues', SMC's V-Day will bring inspiring, heartbreaking, hilarious, and eye opening stories to the stage for 2 shows at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Friday, February 14th.
Pre-sale tickets: $5 for students/$10 non-students
5 FAQS ABOUT V-DAY
1. What is the mission of ‘The Vagina Monologues’?
The mission of V-Day is to raise awareness about violence against women and to demand a world without such violence. Each of the play’s monologues represent the stories and experiences of more than 200 women from around the world. It addresses topics that include faithfulness in marriage, domestic violence, rape as a war tactic, gender identity, childbirth, sexual abuse and assault, intimacy and menstruation. Its intent is to break the silence surrounding these issues, and the shame and guilt that may prevent battered women, sexually abused children and sexual assault victims from accessing services.
2. Where does the money raised from the SMC production of V-Day go?
Each year, we contribute 100% of net proceeds to grassroots organizations involved in the cause of ending violence against women. All net proceeds from the 2012 SMC production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will be given to Community Violence Solutions, a non-profit organization that works to support victims of sexual assault and does prevention education.
3. Why are SMC college funds allocated toward such a controversial play?
SMC funds are not contributed toward the production costs of the play. The play is part of the V-Day college campaign. It is performed by a group of student volunteers. All costs needed for executing a production of the play come through ticket sales.
4. What faith-based opportunities does the Women’s Resource Center provide to students who may not be inclined to participate in or attend ‘The Vagina Monologues?’
The Women's Resource Center along with the Mission and Ministry Center and Intercutltural Center are co-sponsoring a talk by Christauria Welland, Psy.D. called "Catholic and Sexual: Not an Oxymoron." The talk will explore spiritual teachings from Catholicism and other spiritual traditions, discussing the tension inherant in self-mastery and mutual respect in the expression of sexuality.
5. How is the ‘The Vagina Monologues’ relevant at a Catholic campus such as Saint Mary’s College of California?
Although Saint Mary’s College of California is a safe campus, it is not immune to societal issues such as sexual assault and dating violence. Sexual assault impacts as many as one in four women and one in ten men, while as many as one in three women are victims of dating/domestic violence. Saint Mary’s College of California does not condone the controversial acts that are referenced in the monologues. Yet, we acknowledge that the play is based on women’s experiences as victims of abuse, infidelity, hardships and struggles and support the play’s mission of breaking the silence around these issues and about contributing toward the societal mission of ending violence against women.