By Carmen Murcia
“Do you want to talk about vaginas?”
“No way!” I said. The word “vagina” was, and is, a taboo in my family, and in my culture. I was born and raised in El Salvador, so my mom never talked about it, and probably her mom never talked to her about it either.
Seven years ago someone asked me if I did want to talk about it. In 2007 two amazing women, Cynthia Trejo and Veronica Hernandez, brought to life the first “The Vagina Monologues” performance in Spanish in Austin. They were looking for volunteers to participate in the show. At first I said “No way!”
But then I learned that “The Vagina Monologues” is not just a play, it is part of a global movement that started in 1998 called V-Day.
V-Day is a collaboration that takes a global approach to the problems of violence against women throughout the world. Every year from February 1 through April 30 organizers request the support of communities around the world. They invite them and the media to join to increase awareness about the issue, and raise funds for local programs that offer support to those affected by violence.
Learning about the movement behind “The Vagina Monologues” moved me to say “Absolutely yes! I want to be a part of this!” I wanted to do something for my “Warrior Vaginas” (Austinites who perform in the show) that need my support, for women who — for whatever reason — can’t speak up. If they don’t have the voice to speak up, I will do it for them!
For all of these reasons, I’ve been part of the V-day Austin team since 2007. That’s why I wanted to write this blog, to invite you and others to join the movement and to help those women in need!
Please visit our website here to find out more about us, and our next performances. As we Warrior Vaginas in Austin always say, “Las Chochas se unen!”