Vagina monologues: ‘Learn to respect, learn how to love better’

Shannon Hall

A 17-year-old boy kissed a 17-year-old-year girl and she got wet. The boy told her that she smelled bad. Since then, the girl never again got close to a man. Later, they found the cancer.

This is an abbreviated version of the monologue of a 72-year-old woman that Eve Ensler wrote for her Vagina Monologues.

USI presented the “Vagina Monologues” to more than 300 people Feb. 28 and March 1.

“We almost had a full house both nights,” said Mary Lyn Stoll, who presented a monologue and co-produced the show. “Given the weather, I was very pleased.”

She said after watching the women practice the monologues for a month, they did their best performances those nights, some of them for the last time.

“A lot of our cast will be leaving us this year to take jobs somewhere else, including some of our employee cast,” she said.

Adam Trinkel, who works in USI’s University Foundation, said he loved seeing the mix of faculty, alumni and students working together for a great cause.

“I think it’s a very intimate and personal thing,” Trinkel said. “You learn to respect, learn how to love better. I feel like it’s educational on so many levels – the serious tones.”

Freshman marketing major Alicia Bowling said she wasn’t sure what to expect from the monologues.

“I didn’t know it was about other people – I thought it was about people here,” Bowling said.

This year’s campaign spotlight for the “Vagina Monologues” is “One Billion Rising.”

Statistics say one in every three women will experience violence. That means one billion women living today will be impacted by violence in their lifetime.

Bowling said she was not previously aware of the statistics.

USI’s “Vagina Monologues” raised $2,460. Of the proceeds, 10 percent will go to the “One Billion Rising” campaign and 90 percent will go to Posey County’s Willow Tree, which offers domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy services.