We Stand Together: Operation Period x The Vagina Monologues

Growing up, menstruation is considered a taboo topic across a variety of different families and cultures. Those who bleed are taught that their period is something to be ashamed of. They are taught to be embarrassed of a natural bodily function and taught to hide it from the rest of the world. We are trained to hide our periods in order to make those who do not menstruate more comfortable. Period shaming occurs in numerous fashions and extends itself beyond simple feelings of embarrassment; the shaming becomes a form of power. At this point in my 20 years of life, it feels almost instinctual to hide my tampon up my sleeve on the way to the bathroom, wear darker clothes, and avoid activities like swimming or exercising while on my period. Unfortunately, this phenomena is not uncommon and only further normalizes society’s reprehensible standards of behavior.

The Vagina Monologues is an event that serves as a healing platform for women and women identifying people to share their personal stories of repression through art and poetry. This event allows women and women identifying people to share their experiences with body image, sexual relationships, menstruation, love, violence, birth, and more. The monologues serve as a tool of empowerment for those who choose to watch, participate, and/or support. Sharing experiences through art not only liberates the artist, but educates their eager audiences. The monologues serve as a social and political platform that can draw attention to the discrepancies that those who menstruate habitually encounter.

As a grassroots nonprofit, Operation Period strives to spark political conversation and encourages the community to engage in the dialogue. We firmly believe that in order to enact change on a more national, eventually international, scale we must begin at a local level. With this in mind, Operation Period was extremely excited to find out that The University of Oregon is hosting The Vagina Monologues. In fact, we were so excited about this event that we decided to work with them. On February 22nd at 7 p.m., Operation Period will be volunteering at this event and have drop boxes readily available for menstrual product donations from the public. To find out more about this event and how Operation Period is working to end menstrual inequity, purchase a ticket and speak with our staff. Tickets are available for five dollars, the same price as your daily cup of coffee. Grab some friends, skip the coffee, and show your support for those who bleed by attending The Vagina Monologues and donating menstrual products for those in need. We’ll be there, will you?


Articles of Interest

Nearly Half of Women Have Experienced ‘Period Shaming’

https://nypost.com/2018/01/03/nearly-half-of-women-have-experienced-period-shaming/


Tickets: The Vagina Monologues
https://calendar.uoregon.edu/event/vagina_monologues_5631#.XFuxb1xKhPY

Paige Goudge-Murphy