It has been four years this week that I have been single, free from the married life, without a partner I have endured parenthood, I have headed two festivals, received my degree, and kept us living. We have a roof over our heads. Food in our belly and lights in the dark, we have TV. With no child support the kids are blessed with an overabundance of clothes and toys in there ever messy rooms, we are doing ok.
There are women all over the world who this Valentine’s Day could use the blessings that I have received. We are in the age of Darfur. There is a massive genocide that is taken place and since there is no oil to speak of in that country our government doesn’t want to help them. Terror has taken place tens and thousands of women have been raped, 85 % percent of women have had their genitals mutilated. How on earth could this be possible in this day in age? I just wish there was some way to reach out and protect them.
This past week I had gone to the Dean and asked why the monologues hadn’t progressed any further. She ran around me with her words and gave me her valid list of excuses that she had that she was holding as an obstacle in front of us. She wanted a list of stuff that could help anyone of the participants through post-traumatic stress disorder that could be associated with the outcome of putting on the production. Saying last year several women were hospitalized from the cast because of it,. No one that was a part of the cast last year could figure who it was.
There were two women who were hospitalized; one was because she needed to be rehabilitated after a drinking binge and the other had been raped. She had been raped. They both want the production to happen. But it was not specifically because of the vagina monologues. In a day in age when there is still women being brutalized by the masses any Post traumatic stress disorder that could be possible from participating in the monologues talking about other women’s stories doesn’t really mean much in view the whole picture. Not when we have to take into account the greater good.