Thursday, February 14, 2008


I wrote this post last Valentines Day. I think it's worth another read.

Happy Vagina Day!

You expected me to say Happy Valentines Day?

Two years ago, Valentines Day, I saw the play, The Vagina Monologues, at Oakland University. I went with three other women. We met for dinner and had enough drinks to start our comedic quips about what we were going to see. The sold out performance was attended by both men and women, not just college students, but of all ages. I though I was going for the comedy, and yes, there is plenty of it. What sobered me up was the message.

"The Vagina Monologues is based on Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina."

I took those words from the V-Day site. I hope you save the link at the bottom of this post, take the time to read it and pass it on. We pass on email chain letters and jokes, this link is definitely worth passing on.

One particular part of the play I liked was the explanation of "Vagina Warriors." Once you become aware of the violence women and girls all over the world experience, you can't deny that you should be a warrior against what is happening. As in anything, once you are made aware, you can't pretend it doesn't happen. After the play my girlfriends and I decided we needed to become warriors and therefore we had to have warrior names. My hope is that when it is scheduled at Oakland University this year, I can get a girls-night-out together and go see it (I checked, it's not posted yet) Now I will tell you about my warrior name. Men readers, you may stop here or get a lesson, in part, of what happens at our annual exams. We all know that the speculum has the shape and look of duck bills. Even though our doctors insist they are kept on a warming tray, the are as cold as our Michigan winters when they are using them! With that in mind ... I wish you all a Happy V-Day and a Happy Valentine's Day.

"Warm Duck Lips Please"
My Vagina Warrior Name

Stop The Violence


Mary Alice said...

Amen to ending violence against women and amen to warm duck lips.

Casdok said...

Great post!!! :)

Jami said...

"Tiny-handed Doctors ONLY"

Ree said...

My gynecologist is so tiny, she has to stand on a stool just to reach the table ;-)

Great post, Nancy.

Sunshine said...

I heart you too!

Sherry said...

I remember you sending me to read this Warm Duck Lips and I'm so glad you did. ^5 and a huge hug and kiss to you.

Much warmth and affection on happy hearts day Nancy.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Very well written! I am off to check out the link!

It is shocking what some girls and women are exposed to!

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful, much needed post! I wanted to see this play so badly when it was in NYC. It was sold out, all the time. I wish I will still see it at some point in time. I have taken part in many Take Back the Night Rally's and this is a message that can't be told enough. I think it should start when the girls are younger too!
Peace to you and thanks again for this powerful post!

Mimi Lenox said...

I like your warrior name! We can all relate....

There was a quip about this all over the news today. I'd love to see it too. Happy Valentine's Day, Marie!