On Tuesday, April 24, doors opened at 6:30 p.m. in the Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theater for WKU’s annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues.” Elizabethtown senior Alyssa Javier directed the play, which is made up of a series of monologues based on interviews playwright Eve Ensler conducted with over 200 women.

The 10 students and one faculty member who participated in the play recited stories based on real women’s relationships with their bodies.  In addition to selling tickets, the organizers hosted a bake sale, and all proceeds went to Hope Harbor, a sexual trauma recovery center for Warren County and surrounding communities.

“The Vagina Monologues” has been performed on stages nationwide since it was written in 1996, and it has been performed at WKU each April for the past decade in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Scroll down to listen to the monologues that were performed.

Emily Huizenga, a Glasgow senior pursuing a major in musical theatre, speaks during “Hair,” one of the individual pieces performed in the Vagina Monologues. “I’m taking a Gender and Women’s Studies class right now and was introduced to this through that class,” Huizengasaid. “It was something I knew I would be really interested in because I’ve become more interested in feminism through taking this class.”

Jessica Folk, a film and English professor, performs “The Flood.” This monologue is based on one New York woman’s story about her journey with sexuality and her vagina over 70+ years.

Union junior Meghan Ashley performs “The Vagina Workshop.” This monologue is dedicated to the clitoris.

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Lexington junior Ebony Lee performs “My Angry Vagina.”

Erlanger senior Maggie Mercer shares a “Vagina Happy Fact” to transition into the next portion of the Vagina Monologues. “I have seen the vagina monologues before, and I absolutely loved it,” Mercer said. “I saw it for the first time my freshman year, and I thought it was great. I’m a senior this year, and I thought it would be a great way to be a culmination of all my studies.”

Tyler Hardy, a Fort Campbell sophomore, presents “The Coochie Snatcher That Could”.

Alyssa Javier, a Elizabethtown senior, performs “My Short Skirt.” This year, Javier directed WKU’s Vagina Monologues.

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Jacqueline Fauber, a Glasgow sophomore, performs “They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy.” This monologue is dedicated to the transgender women interviewed by Eve Ensler, the original author of Vagina Monologues.

Breanna Carter, a Louisville senior, performs a piece called “Because He Liked to Look at it.”

Shelbyville senior Ashley Hilger performs “Reclaiming Cunt.” The 2018 Vagina Monologues hosted a bake sale in addition to selling tickets, and all proceeds went to Hope Harbor, the sexual recovery center for Warren and surrounding counties.

Morgantown sophomore Kristin Hardin performs “The Woman Who Loved Vaginas.” This monologue is dedicated to women discovering their own sexuality with both men and women.

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