— Love, VOX at UCF
By: Billy Santana
VOX at UCF Member
On March 31st, UCF Victim Services brought The Vagina Monologues once again to the University of Central Florida Main Campus in Orlando, FL. It is an event that marks “V-day: until the Violence stops”. Outside the ballroom were several tables with UCF Victim Services staff as well as representatives from Fairvilla Megastore, the main sponsor. Informational brochures were available regarding how to maintain a healthy relationship with a lover, and information about sexual violence as well. Several novelty items were available, from chocolate and necklace vaginas, to crocheted vaginas. Money was raised via raffle tickets to Fairvilla gift baskets, UCF Football tickets, and other prizes. All proceeds went to the Victim Service’s Victim Assistance Fund.
Nikki Mier, Fairvilla’s manager, warmed up the crowd with certain personal questions before the play. She covered topics ranging from vibrator usage, to female orgasms, and Kegel exercises.
The cast included an eclectic crew of musicians, creative writing majors, students studying criminal justice, and members of the Orlando community. Amanda Hankins, a UCF senior and UCF victim advocate, produced and acted in the show. The cast performed to a packed ballroom in UCF’s Student Union.
The production used comedy, satire, and raw statistics to address the vast issue of violence against women, a global problem. There were 18 monologues presented, and took the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions. I, myself, was almost moved to tears by 2 of the monologues: “My Vagina was my village” and another with 2 actresses portraying immigrant women that moved to the United States in hopes for a better life and found a very different reality.
UCF Victim Services showcases The Vagina Monologues annually, every March to coincide with National Women’s Month. The first draft of the play was written in 1996 by Eve Ensler after interviewing 200 women about various topics regarding sex.
The 24/7 hotline to reach UCF Victim Services is 407-823-1200.
*some information for this blog post was gathered from Central Florida Future’s March 21 article, UCF Victim Services performs The Vagina Monologues to bring awareness to Students.