Volume V / Issue 5
FROM THE EDITORS
Thelma and Louise, Bonnie and Clyde, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. For years now the Voice and WLS have been partners in crime in promoting the Vagina Monologues and it is our pleasure to continue that tradition with our annual VagMo themed issue of the Voice. Our articles for this edition not only reflect on the importance of the Vagina Monologues but on the role it plays in forcing people to have conversations on diversity, privilege, and the ways we fail—yet need—to recognize disparity. We hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed editing it, and we also hope that you will attend either or both performances of the Vagina Monologues at 7:00 PM on March 13 and March 14 at the Palo Verde Community Center. Break a labia ladies!
Jeremy Cowan and Anna Rea
Four score and fifteen years ago, women across this country won the right to vote. In America, suffrage should have been the silver bullet in the struggle against sexism. Our nation respects the rule of law. Our law reflects our electorate. Our electorate is mostly women. Given five, or ten, or fifty elections, women should have reshaped our nation and rewritten our founding charter to read now as it should have then, that men and women are all created equal, and equally endowed with inalienable rights, and equally entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. READ MORE.
“What is the Vagina Monologues?” “So its just a bunch of women talking about their vaginas?” “I don’t get what its all about.” I’ve gotten statements and questions like these and more in the past couple of weeks about the upcoming show. If you find yourself also wondering these questions, I have a simple answer for you: come to the show and find out. I don’t want to discourage you from asking me what the Vagina Monologues is all about; I just also want you to find out for yourselves. However, I know you all won’t come. Unfortunately, it seems people would rather just get a quick answer than actually get the full answer and the full experience by attending the show. This article attempts to address what the show is about and why UCI Law still needs it. READ MORE.
Last year, for our anniversary, my wife Sarah and I attended UCI Law’s production of the Vagina Monologues. I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me. I don’t think Sarah believed me when I first told her that I had bought us tickets. But it really did happen. I got all dressed up and everything. And as I sat in my seat with the playbill, and examined the names of the monologues contained therein, I started to wonder if this had been a good idea. READ MORE.
The Vagina Monologues has been criticized as reinforcing patriarchy, heterosexuality, and ableism. It has also been criticized for representing only privileged versions of feminism and women-identified experiences. It is from this point of departure that we hope to spark a conversation about privilege. READ MORE.
In the spirit of the Women’s Law Society themed issue, I have decided to share the unofficial bakery of the UCI Law Vagina Monologues. READ MORE.
What is the best way for me to discuss emotionally charged issues such as abortion and rape so that I can express my opinion without insulting others? READ MORE.
Last year’s Vagina Monologues themed issue of the Voice discussed why UCI Law students need feminism. In the past year numerous laws, decisions, and events have been passed that deeply impact women’s lives. Some of those events are discussed below to illustrate the work that still needs to be done. It’s clear from these that the need for feminism has not diminished in 2015. READ MORE.