Thus speaks v'jayjay

by Anna Purdy

It started as a one-person play in New York City and spawned a global movement to educate the public on a word that, frankly, makes half the population of any location blush.

Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues was first performed by the author in 1996. Now it is performed yearly at ULL as well as colleges around the country as the highlight of V-Day, founded by Ensler in 1998. V-Day is a global movement to educate the public on issues that affect women and don't always get a lot of press (e.g. the materal mortality rate during childbirth in the U.S. is the highest in the western world, around 17 percent; the leading cause of death in pregnant women and women in the workplace is homicide by a romantic partner; girls are twice as likely as boys to be molested by the age of 18). A benefit concert in honor of V-Day is being held at 1 p.m. March 27 at Blue Moon featuring Feufollet, Major Handy and Malfacteurs as well as an art auction. Admission is $10 and proceeds benefit Hearts of Hope. The Vagina Monologues will be performed 7 p.m. April 1 at Hamilton Hall and again April 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Like the benefit concert, all proceeds will go to local non-profits that help women and children.