Veritas: the truth about Vagina Monologues at Fordham University

"Fordham University has slipped through the Twilight Zone, back in time, to the McCarthy Era."

Unfortunately, this except taken from a 2005 article in The Fordham Observer still rings true today, as the Dean of Student Life continues to oppose the student production of The Vagina Monologues on campus. Racy yet real, this play outlines the true stories of global women and their experiences with vaginas, violence, and self-understanding.

For over six years, the members of Isis have successfully sponsored and run the production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues without the assistance of Student Affairs. Because the Dean of Student Life refuses to support this production, it means that Vagina Monologues does not receive the monetary or moral support from administration that other school events such as Spring Weekend or the President's Ball get. Literally, it means no use of Student Affairs funding, computers, xerox machines or mentoring for the production. Most disturbingly, it means that non-academic Fordham employees, such as Student Affairs Administration and Counseling Services, are not permitted to attend the play, save risk of termination.

V-DAY: Both Shelter and Stage

Ten percent of the proceeds from the production of Vagina Monologues goes directly to the V-Day organization (a global movement to end violence against women and girls) while the 90% is donated to our beneficiary Hope's Door, a non-profit organization in upstate New York that provides a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence. Some of the services Hope's Door include safety planning, counseling for women, men, teens, and children, legal referrals, and community education.

It is to Isis’ disadvantage that we cannot officially claim V-Day as a community pursuit towards the end of sex crimes. However, you have a power to speak out until the violence stops. Your ticket to The Vagina Monologues t is in turn a donation to V-Day safe houses in Haiti, Congo, New Orleans and Afghanastan (to name a few.) 

By supporting The Vagina Monologues at Fordham University, you not only show your support for free expression, but provide a shelter and stage for women around the world.

Contact: vrebels@gmail.com