Tahlequah Daily Press

March 6, 2013

‘Vagina Monologues’ to promote awareness

Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — In a perfect world, love doesn’t disrespect or abuse.

But because domestic violence is still an issue, and because men and boys continue to abuse and beat women and girls, there must be events to educate the community and raise funds for the local organization that rescues victims.

Volunteers will present a readers’ theater of “The Vagina Monologues,” an award-winning, controversial theatrical presentation, Thursday through Sunday, March 7-9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 104 N. College Ave. The evenings will also feature concessions, T-shirts for purchase and a raffle.

The Red Dirt Sisterhood – a band featuring Dana Waters, Dena Coleman, Barb Daily and Sandy and Kathleen McKay – will open the show with a brief concert, Clark said.

“They’re so brave,” Clark said of the volunteers. “They’re awesome to put themselves out there like this.”

Each volunteer has reasons for participating in the event, which is designed to raise awareness, as well as funds for Help-In-Crisis.

“I’m doing it for my mom,” said Kya Davidson-Simmons, a first-time reader. “She went through a bad experience, and I’m wanting to help other people understand.”

Kendra Sweet, another first-time reader, was recently inspired to stand up for the women who can’t speak for themselves.

The violence against women across the world is horrendous, said volunteer Kate Starr.

“In America, our rights are being challenged. Most recently, the Violence Against Women Act finally passed, and none of our representatives in Oklahoma voted for it,” Starr said.

Volunteer Tiffany Maher wants to help get the conversation started about women’s bodies.

“In our society, it’s taboo to talk about sex and our bodies. I wanted to contribute to making it OK to talk about it,” Maher said. “It’s such a natural process, our bodies – it shouldn’t be wrong to talk about them.”


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