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HKU Does The Vagina Monologues

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

On Tuesday, a group of HKU students took to the stage to present award-winning play, the Vagina Monologues. With an aim of throwing light on the subject of women’s sexuality and strength, the play features episodic elements of women recounting their sexual experiences.

Performed at Rayson Huang Theatre, the night began with a few jokes and a quick introduction to the concept of Vagina Monologues, being the cornerstone of the V-Day movement that aims to stop violence against women and girls. Young girls then came out to tell their stories of sexual experiences.

Monologues included “I Was There In The Room”, “Say It”, “Hair”, “The Flood”, “My Vagina Was My Village”, “The Vagina Workshop”, “Under the Burqa”, “Because He Liked To Look At It”, “They Beat The Girl Out of My Boy”, “My Short Skirt”, “My Angry Vagina” and “Reclaiming Cunt”.

Many of the stories exposed individual sexual experiences on the classic Vagina Monologues list, hearing from women coming from all walks of life. For example, “My Vagina Was My Village” covered tales of women subject to rape camps in Bosnia.

The Vagina Monologues also adds new episodes based on current happenings, one of which was “Under the Burqa”,¬†about the plight of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

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Among all the episodic references, the crowds loved Ashley Leung. Ashley had participated in similar theatre and film productions, and her monologue was called “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy”. Referencing the intriguing details of the life of a sex worker, she shared her love of giving women sexual pleasure. Demonstrations of orgasms were the highlight of her episode, as she related the original scripts to local culture, saving time for a “HKU moan” that the crowds loved.

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Brenda Alegre stole the show during her act as well. Brenda is a transgender woman teaching the Common Core course Sexuality and Gender. Her act “Because He Liked to Look At” described the story of a woman who was embarrassed of her vagina until she met a man who spent hours looking at it.

Other issues were brought to light, including the tale of Comfort Women maliciously raped during WW2 by the Japanese army. The women gathered describing their plight during the war.

“Food. Rice. Rice. Rice.” they recalled scenes of desperation

Giving out shocking statistics, they called on the Japanese government for an apology. “Over 50,000 comfort women were raped during the Second World War. Can’t we have an apology?” they said

Another act that caught attention was “My Angry Vagina”, Performed by Nessa Wong, the episode involved rants about psycho-products for the vagina like tampons.

“My vagina’s angry. It is. It’s pissed off. My vagina’s furious and it needs to talk.” she walked in, banging the door.

The subject of female genital mutilation, or specifically women inflicted also came into light. “200 million women and children have had their clitoris cut, as of 2016. We don’t wan’t this trend spreading.” one of the girls said

The crowds cheered as all the ladies bowed after the performance, thanking the play for bringing light to a subject that was once considered a taboo. Welcoming people from all around Hong Kong, all proceeds were donated to Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge.

The Master of Ceremonies best concluded the night. “We sincerely hope this rendition stimulates discussion on this topic.”

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