Vagina Monologues raise $2,100
Vaginas brought about 200 people to the Potomac Lounge Friday, for a performance of the play “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler, according to co-director Emily Walsh.
The event grew from last year’s, Walsh said, raising over $2,100 for the One Billion Rising movement to help stop violence against women and to Baltimore women’s shelters.
“The monologues are based on a series of interviews with women about their vaginas and other related experiences of being a woman,” Walsh, a speech pathology major, said. “The topics of the monologues range from being angry about tampons and thongs to retelling stories of abuse to a discussion about pubic hair.”
Walsh said that the monologues are diverse, ranging from powerful to funny. As a result, the cast of women was also very diverse.
“The cast was brilliant,” Walsh said.
Sophomore electronic media and film major Claire Fremuth was a cast member in “The Vagina Monologues,” performing the monologue titled “I Was There In The Room.”
“Performing is always something I’ve enjoyed, but ‘The Vagina Monologues’ are about way more than just a performance,” Fremuth said. “They’re about bringing women together and making us feel like we have meaning.”
For the women involved, “The Vagina Monologues” provides a voice for women affected by abuse and the everyday plights of being a woman, Walsh said.
“Towson should be interested in the monologues because, first of all, they’re fun,” Walsh said. “Although some of the topics are more serious, the play really is entertaining, and the money goes to a good cause.”
“The Vagina Monologues” has been performed at Towson since 2004 in an effort to continue the discussions about women’s issues.
“A lot of women suffer sexual abuse or other types of violence in their lives,” Fremuth said. “’The Vagina Monologues’ is about bringing attention to these issues and stopping them.”