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The 2011 Journey to ‘VDAY: Until the Violence Ends’

February 4th, 2011

Looking for something fun to do to kick off your Valentine's Day weekend? Consider attending the 9th Annual Production of 'The Vagina Monologues' at St. Mary's College of California in the Soda Center at 8pm on Friday, February 11, 2011. This podcast will be embedded into a video showcasing the student experience that will premier the night of the performance. For more information or to rsvp a ticket, call 925-631-4171.


1. What is the mission of ‘The Vagina Monologues’? The mission of V-Day is to raise awareness about violence against women and to demand a world without such violence. Each of the play’s monologues represents the stories and experiences of more than 200 women from around the world. It addresses topics that include faithfulness in marriage, domestic violence, rape as a war tactic, gender identity, childbirth, sexual abuse and assault, intimacy and menstruation. Its intent is to break the silence surrounding these issues, and the shame and guilt that may prevent battered women, sexually abused children and sexual assault victims from accessing services.

2. Where does the money raised from the SMC production of V-Day go?

Each year, we contribute 100% of the profits to grassroots organizations involved in the cause of ending violence against women. All proceeds from the 2011 SMC production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will be given to Community Violence Solutions, a non-profit organization that works to support victims of sexual assault and does prevention education.

3. Why are SMC college funds allocated toward such a controversial play?

SMC funds are not contributed toward the play. The play is part of the V-Day college campaign. The play is performed by a group of student volunteers. All costs needed for executing the play come through ticket sales.

4. What leadership opportunities does the Women’s Resource Center provide to students who may not be inclined to participate in or attend ‘The Vagina Monologues?’

Join us for The Crossroads of Social Change, the second annual Wo/men's Conference at Saint Mary's College of California on March 4-5, 2011. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the intersection of race, class and gender as it pertains to social justice, social change and leadership.

On Friday, the conference will kick off with an invigorating luncheon, ‘Women of Color Leading Change,’ followed by I-chat (safe space debriefing groups), the debut of ‘Be the Change’ video projects and a networking open house in the Women’s Resource Center’s brand new home. On Saturday, the conference will offer three tracks of sessions including: identity politics, leadership and social change, along with a special lunchtime and closing performance.

To register, please click the following link:

5. How is the ‘The Vagina Monologues’ relevant at a Catholic campus such as Saint Mary’s College of California?

Although Saint Mary’s College of California is a safe campus, it is not immune to societal issues such as sexual assault and dating violence. Sexual assault impacts as many as one in four women and one in ten men, while as many as one in three women are victims of dating/domestic violence. Saint Mary’s College of California does not condone the controversial acts that are referenced in the monologues. Yet, we acknowledge that the play is based on women’s experiences as victims of abuse, infidelity, hardships and struggles and support the play’s mission of breaking the silence around these issues and about contributing toward the societal mission of ending violence against women.

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