V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Through V-Day's College and Community Campaigns, thousands of motivated individuals across the globe host V-Day benefit events using Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, and other artistic pieces, to raise money for local organizations. This year, V-Day Santa Fe is producing Ensler's The Good Body, a groundbreaking collection of monologues that center on what it means to have a "good body," featuring a cast of local women. The production will benefit The New Mexico Women's Foundation, which provides the women of New Mexico with mentorship and economic support.
We all want to be good. We all want to have the perfect job, family, and life. We all want to contribute to our communites and leave a legacy when we are gone. Sometimes these ideals can get in the way of our true intentions. We get sucked into our thoughts like being taken away into the black hole of ourselves. That voice that says we aren't good enough. This project stems from the pervasive feeling of not being good enough, especially in our bodies and the desire to be comfortable in your own skin.
In the 1950s," Eve writes, girls were "pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore girdles and waist-pinchers. . . . In recent years good girls join the army. They climb the corporate ladder. They go to the gym. . . . They wear painful pointy shoes. They don't eat too much. They . . . don't eat at all. They stay perfect. They stay thin. I could never be good." The Good Body starts with Eve's tortured relationship with her own "post-forties" stomach and her skirmishes with everything from Ab Rollers to fad diets and fascistic trainers in an attempt get the "flabby badness" out. As Eve hungrily seeks self-acceptance, she is joined by the voices of women from L.A. to Kabul, whose obsessions are also laid bare: A young Latina candidly critiques her humiliating "spread," a stubborn layer of fat that she calls "a second pair of thighs." The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructed"“inch by inch"“by her "perfectionist" husband. An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her mother's long-ago criticism, describes her desperate pursuit of youth as she relentlessly does sit-ups. Along the way, Eve also introduces us to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as signs of nature's diversity; an Indian woman who transcends "treadmill mania" and delights in her plump cheeks and curves; and a veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice cream. These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Eve's global journey from obsession to enlightenment.
Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call from Eve to love the "good bodies" we inhabit.
This performance piece is the first of its kind. This V-Day production will benefit The New Mexico Women's Foundation. The foundation provides the women of New Mexico with mentorship and economic support. These services can include organizing space for work and product displays, providing furnishings and equipment, teaching fundraising techniques and initiating strategic planning. By bringing resources to women in their own communities, they experience the richness of cultural diversity and learn how to prosper economically.
We ask communities all over the world to support a project that raises awareness, tells a story, and provides funds to one of the poorest states and populations in the country.
Check out:http://nmwf.org/ for more information
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