It’s There To Stay: Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal On The Vagina Monologues
“Let’s just start with the word “vagina.” It sounds like an infection at best, maybe a medical instrument: “Hurry nurse, bring me the vagina.” “Vagina.” “Vagina.” Doesn’t matter how many times you say it, it never sounds like a word you want to say. It’s a totally ridiculous, completely unsexy word. If you use it during sex, trying to be politically correct — “Darling, could you stroke my vagina?” — you kill the act right there.”
Eve Ensler ‘s The Vagina Monologues is a revolutionary play which continues to empower women around the world by normalising their body, by giving them agency, by speaking out about insecurities and injustices which they might not dare voice in real life.
The intent behind writing this seminal piece is so pure and brutally honest, that it resonates not with just the female gender, but even the males who come to the performance.
Kotwal is now planning seven shows in April which will be performed over two days at the Prithvi Theatre to celebrate the play’s 17th anniversary in India and also shed a spotlight on two global movements, V-Day and One Billion Rising which the play’s company, Poor-Box Productions, first brought to India.
With a variety of the great actors I have been blessed to have in my cast, each actor imparts her own perception of how the piece she is doing should be approached.
The ‘vagina’ is no longer a ‘dirty’ word for many, as it should not be… I am told that a group of men now mentor other men to stop this abuse.