Performers from the 2012 Vagina Monologues. Photo courtesy of MU Vagina Monologues.

What: MU Vagina Monologues

When: 7 p.m., Sat., Feb. 16

Where: Jesse Auditorium, MU campus

Cost: $12, until 5 p.m. Fri. at MU Student Center box office; $15 day of

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One in three women is a victim of sexual violence in her lifetime, according to a United Nations report. The 98 MU women in the cast of The Vagina Monologues at MU hope to change that.

“Our main goal is to end violence against girls and women,” said Suzy Day, the co-advisor of the play. “Our short-term goal is to raise awareness, plant a seed that will get someone involved.”

The play is showing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Auditorium. Tickets are available for $12 at the MU Student Center until 5 p.m. Friday. After that, they will be offered at Ticketmaster.com or at the box office before the show for $15.

The 2012 cast of MU Vagina Monologues. Photo courtesy of MU Vagina Monologues.

The cast of MU students, staff and faculty will read stories from other women about their vaginas, covering topics of abuse, body image, sex and childbirth, among others. The playwright, Eve Ensler, collected the stories from interviews with over 200 women, and included her own account of being present for the birth of her granddaughter.

The play was organized by Stronger Together Against Relationship and Sexual Violence, or STARS, an MU student group. It will be the 12th annual performance of the show at MU, Day said. Proceeds will be donated to the True North Shelter, the L.E.A.D. Institute, the MU Stop the Violence Fund, and the V-Day Campaign.

“Those are the main violence-prevention services in Columbia, and we like to keep our
charities local,” Day said.

The sold-out crowd at the 2012 Vagina Monologues. Photo courtesy of MU Vagina Monologues.

Last year, the play earned almost $18,000, and organizers expect to raise even more this year. They have already earned over $8,000 from fundraising events, whereas last year they collected $6,000.

MU senior Nicole Silvestri, who describes herself as a “femininja” on her Twitter page, is performing in the play for the fourth year in a row. Her favorite part is the feeling of community among the cast members, and she hopes she will have opportunities to act in The Vagina Monologues again after she graduates.

This year, Silvestri will be part of a monologue called “My Angry Vagina” about what
women subject their vaginas to, in part due to pressure from the media.
“It’s about accepting your vagina as it is,” Silvestri said.
Post written by Richard Webner, Vox contributing writer.
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