Does this six-letter word make you squirm in your seat when you hear it from someone or read about it somewhere? Does the discussion of the human anatomy gross you out? Or the idea of ‘looking’ at a woman please you enough that you could spend hours just looking at it? Is the idea of sex taboo in your mind? Men, when you have sex with someone, do you think about pleasing yourself, the woman or her clitoris? They say, one can easily find happiness and pleasure in the smallest of things, little would have one thought that the little thing was a part of a woman’s body. The vagina embodies the spirit of a woman and the essence of womankind.
“When you rape, beat, maim, mutilate, burn, bury, and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy on the planet.” – Eve Ensler
Vagina Monologues is that revolutionary drama that was conceived and written by Eve Ensler and has run on Broadway for many years. It made its way to the Indian subcontinent when Kaizad and Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal’s Poor Box Productions adapted this play and first staged it in 2003 in Mumbai. Actors like Avantika Akerkar, Dolly Thakore, Sonali Sachdev, Jayati Bhatia and Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal brought out their strict feminist sides to teach men and women, that one lesson that most people often shy away from – Kiss Yoni Ka, which is also the Hindi translation of this bestselling play, and after having watched this beauty on screen, no one will feel the same again. It may not be life-changing for many, it surely is thought-provoking and extremely riveting. You laugh with the actors, you feel for the actors, you cry at the situations and wince at the thought of the many atrocities that women all over the world go through just because they were born a woman. So what if they are life-givers? The fairer sex may have a dark history, and the monologues are a narration of a few.
This play has also started two global movements – the V-Day and V-Girls, with an intention to tackle the social issues of violence and abuse against women, as well as with an attempt to put young girls in control of their bodies. Worthy causes that ought to be achieved. The play doesn’t tell you to hate the man and call him the enemy, but what it does is to make its viewer’s aware of all that may remain unspoken forever. Not to forget the way it teaches you women to accept, embrace and respect your sexuality, just the way it is, while teaching men that a woman isn’t an object to be used or possessed but venerated, cherished and protected for the sheer works of beauty they are.
Watch this superhit play performed by a stellar cast in New Delhi on June 29. Grab your tickets here.