Activism Through Performance: The Vagina Monologues

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For my activist project, I decided to perform in the UMBC Women Involved in Learning and Leadership production of The Vagina Monologues. Prior to deciding to audition, I did not know much about the show. I had heard it references in popular culture occasionally and knew that it was a very “feminist thing,” simply because of the title. After doing some research, I learned about the purpose and mission of the production. Ending the stigma around the word “vagina,” empowering people with a vagina¬†to taking ownership of their own sexuality, and starting a dialogue about sexuality and basic body parts seemed like a worthy cause to me. As someone with an interest in open sexuality and theater, this seemed like the perfect project for me to participate in. Continue reading

Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement

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In 1873, the Comstock Act outlawed the distribution of birth control devices and information through the mail and/or across state borders. Information about birth control was considered to be illicit and inappropriate. Margaret Sanger was one of the nurses who took a stand against this.  Continue reading