Monday, February 14, 2011

Social Action And Charity And That's Very Much In Line With The Jesuit Tradition

Divisive views on some aspects of The V@gina Monologues have made it susceptible to criticism on campus. Those behind the production of the monologues have occasionally faced roadblocks in regards to its content. "It's a process like anything else," Hesse-Biber said. 
"This is a Catholic college. It has a certain kind of mission. We are mindful and respectful, and we compromise." 
Russell and Labaudiniere also acknowledged the difficulties. "We have grown accustomed to the unique and stringent protocol necessary to be able to perform the show on campus," Russell said. "We have experienced criticism in the past, but as we continue to perform the show and convert skeptics into supporters, we have developed a strong base of people who support the show and the women who run it. We realize that a lot of the controversy stems from misconceptions about the show, and it amazing to see people's opinions change once they attend." 
The V@gina Monologues at BC has long incorporated a charitable aspect into their production. It has traditionally been associated with V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. 
This year, all the profits from the show went toward V-Day's 2011 Spotlight Campaign on the female population in Haiti, where sexual violence has exponentially increased since the earthquake last January. Russell said that the show has enabled them to donate several thousand dollars to charity. Hesse-Biber also spoke of the charitable nature of the show.  
"The V@gina Monologues is more then just a play, it's a linking to social action and charity and that's very much in line with the Jesuit tradition," 
she said.
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