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in this case V is not for Valentine but for vagina.

Twenty years ago Eve Ensler wrote a series of monologues after interviewing women from all over the world.  She talked to young women, elderly women, shy women, bold women.  She talked to survivors of genital mutilation, rape camps, First Nations Women who had experienced Domestic Violence, and other horrific experiences.  In 2014 she interviewed a group of Trans* Women and wrote a new monologue sharing a new kind of discrimination and experience.

This weekend is V-Day in Fernie.  The Vagina Monologues are showing at the Arts Station on Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 1:00 and 7:00 pm.  I have the honour of sharing a monologue about a Trans* Woman.  Her story is poignant, heart-breaking and just a little bit sassy.  Every woman who is part of the Monologues is sharing a bit of herself through the sharing of her monologue.

Unfortunately, my Church is also having their Annual Valentines Supper on Saturday evening, so I won’t be able to attend as I’ll be back-stage preparing for the evening performance.  As we’ve prepared for the show, in hearing the diverse number of stories it’s made me think of my own story.  It’s made me curious of the stories of the women who are in the show.  We are a diverse crowd of women from various backgrounds.  We are gay, straight, bisexual.  We are mothers, daughters, single, divorced, married.  We are stay at home moms, students, entrepreneurs, artists, retired, self-employed and under-employed.

What we share in common is the desire to make a stand about the rights of women.  We stand shoulder to shoulder and share a piece at the end called “My Revolution”.  It’s a very powerful piece that unites the sisterhood of women from all over the globe.  Some of the monologues will make you laugh.  Others will make you cry.  Others will make you gasp in horror. Others will make you reflect.

Valentines Day has always been a day of over-commercialized, over-wrought, insidious measurement of how well-regarded one is…but maybe that’s just me.

Eve Ensler has shown me a new way to celebrate V-Day.  It’s not about excluding or hating men.  It’s about embracing what it is to be female, in all it’s glory and strangeness. And as a special quirk, this year Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th of February.  How completely awesome is that?

I give thanks to God for the women I have met in preparation of this production of The Vagina Monologues.  We have laughed together and cried together.  We have supported each other and with our community’s support, we will be supporting the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre.

Oh and there may, or may not be Doritos.

Happy V-Day!

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