Volume III / Issue 3

From the Editor

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I present the first issue of Voice dedicated to the Vagina Monologues. Since its inception, Voice has been eager to produce themed issues, but collecting enough articles on a particular theme has proven elusively difficult month after month. Needless to say, we could not be more pleased that our first ever themed issue is dedicated to such an important cause. Of course, this issue is not just about the play, but about what it represents: women, equality, and justice.

As Executive Editor, I would like to thank all of our contributors this month for their sincere, moving, and provocative pieces. I would also like to thank Assistant Editors Caroline Reiser and Sam Titelman for their tireless work on creating this month’s issue. Beginning next month, Caroline and Sam will be taking over the reins as Co-Executive Editors. They are filled with great ideas for Voice, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

Finally, I would like to say a personal thank you to all of you. It has been a pleasure to read your articles, receive your support, and grow from your critiques. This has been an invaluable experience for me, and I am honored to have been involved with a project that has established such a strong presence at UCI Law. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

All the best,
Zeenat Hassan
Executive Editor

P.S. And thanks (and kudos!) to the 1L authors for providing this issue’s comic relief in the form of a hilarious, though not vagina-related, collection of poems. Keep up the good work!

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Vagina Pride

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.  For a young girl growing up in America, the odds that she will be a victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault are nearly 1 in 5.
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February Events from WLS

There is no “one” women’s issue—all issues have a gendered component, and women’s issues are human issues.  The Women’s Law Society is using this month to get the school taking about them, and from myriad angles.  We’ve prepared a fantastic line up of events, and each one highlights another type of story. READ MORE

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We Are Not Alone

“I was terrified to go to court. I did not think I could stop shaking if I saw him. When my counselor told me part of the shelter program was that I would have a lawyer for me, I could not believe it. He told me I would never be able to convince anyone of my problem because I was so stupid. And now I had a lawyer FOR ME.  And I knew I was not alone anymore.” READ MORE

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Gender Violence & State Violence

The Vagina Monologues has had a powerful impact on promoting public conversations about women’s sexuality. At the same time, it has created controversy because of its lack of an intersectional analysis of how gender also collides with race, class, colonialism, etc. It is not that women of color are not depicted in the Vagina Monologues. READ MORE

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[Single] Sex Education

“How did you survive without boys?” I roll my eyes to this seemingly obligatory response whenever I announce that I went to an all-girls school, as though there’s no conceivable way I could have learned how to be a functioning human being without significant levels of testosterone in my learning environment.  READ MORE

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Coming Out About Abortion

Forty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the Constitution protected a woman’s right to an abortion. Compared to other landmark decisions of that era whose names are instantly recognizable even to the lay public—Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Loving v. Virginia—Roe v. Wade is remarkable for how little public opinion has changed in support of it. READ MORE

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Big Girl Boots

“Sometimes you have to put on your big girl boots and prove that you can use the pointy end.” – Lori Kaspar READ MORE

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Reflections on the Vagina Monologues

I’d seen the Vagina Monologues performed before, but have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I learned that a group of UCI law students would be performing the show on campus last year.  Regardless, I wanted to support our law women, so I bought a ticket and headed over to The Little Theater with several other faculty members one evening last February. READ MORE

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Why the Vagina Monologues?

Students share their thoughts and stories about the play. READ MORE

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Non-Vagina Themed Almost-Haikus

A collection of poems from anonymous 1L authors. READ MORE