Women's Resurce Center Presents The Body Monologues

April 25, 2016
Student performers shared stories on topics such as eating disorders, skin infections, sexual assault, violence, relationships and body positivity.
student performers on stage

On April 15 and 16, the Women's Resource Center (WRC) presented their second annual Body Monologues. The performances took place in the Phipps Auditorium. Co-directors Carson Jordan '16, Atiya Jordan '16, and Katie Mouradian '18 collectively directed performances that featured monologues written and read by student leaders, athletes, WRC club members, Collegiate Cabinet members, and student activists.

After weeks of writing prompts, editing, and practice readings in the Grind, they took on the Phipps stage and shared some of their most personal stories about their bodies. This year, monologues consisted of a variety of topics such as eating disorders, skin infections, sexual assault, domestic violence, past relationships and body positivity. Performers also contributed to collective "groupalogues" that highlighted different parts of the body. Both days were filled with tears and laughter from the audience as the students performed.

At the end of the second night, the current co directors passed their role on to Afton Noha '18 and Annabelle Lee '18. Since Katie Mouradian '17 has another year left, together the three of them will take on the third annual Body Monologues next spring.

In 2013—initially as a Women's and Gender's Studies class project—the first version of the Body Monologues took place in the Sommer Center. Students in the course, which included Carson and WRC Chair Michelle Lee '16, shared stories with the Wells community about their experiences. This inspired members of the WRC to inquire about increasing both student engagement and participation.

Although Eve Ensler's 1996 Vagina Monologues was among the popular plays in the past to perform at Wells, the WRC adapted the idea to create a more inclusive space for men to also be comfortable sharing their stories. The second performance—the first sponsored by the WRC and involving student participation—was held in the spring of 2015 by co-directors Tierney Stranberg '15, Negaysha Walcott '15, and Alissa Toner '15.

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