The Vagina Monologues is only a week away! Go get tickets now as it will be sold out very quickly! I recommend that everyone go see it whether or not you condone it. If you do not agree with this play, you should at least go and see for yourself why you don’t agree with it. Is it just the title that bothers you? Is it the snippets of summary that you got from adverts, the news or critiques? How much does all of that really tell you and how much can you base a judgment on someone else’s review? Lastly, even if you think the play borders on pornographic, is Western feminist hoopla, or whatever…I can still guarantee that the money you spend on your ticket goes directly to organizations here in Taiwan like Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, which helps victims of domestic violence, child abuse, rape and human trafficking. Even if you come out of the play with the same criticisms on the play and the playwright, can you honestly say that you are against helping victims of domestic and sexual violence? At least your money would have gone to that cause.
I saw the Vagina Monologues back in college and it thrilled me to no end. It is definitely controversial because it shocks you and makes you think about things that you haven’t considered before. It shows different women’s struggles with their perceptions of sex and misunderstandings of sex, and even their own bodies. It is a successful play because it begins these dialogues. It brings women and sexuality into the light of the public. It questions our shame and discomfort with the word Vagina. Why does that sound like something that is inappropriate? WHY? It’s a body part, just like the finger, your toes, your spine… Is it just because vaginas are associated with sex? Fingers and toes, sometimes armpits can also be used in sex, yet we do not blush at the word.
The Vagina Monologues is not just for women. It is absolutely vital that men come to this show, for balanced progress between the sexes. Men should more activly try to understand the these things that they consider “women’s issues” JUST AS women must understand the social demands that are placed on men and masculinity.
For more information, please visit vday.org.tw or e-mail
Chinese Performance: Friday, March 10,
English Performance: Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Minimum donation $500, Student $400, VIP $1000
Both performances $800, Student $700, VIP $1600
(VIP includes two raffles tickets, free admission to after-party at
LUXY, and priority seating at event)
Ticket Reservations (Call them to buy tickets)
Taiwan Women’s Link 02-2322-5038
Women’s Rescue Foundation of Taipei 02-2356-9595
Tickets also available at
Witch House No. 7, Lane 56, Sec. 3, Xinsheng S. Rd.
White Wabbit Records B1, No. 200, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd.
Amor and Pan No. 21, Lane 131, Sec. 4, Minsheng E. Rd
Venue: Guo-Guang Hall, Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC)
No. 3 Song Ren Rd.