Modern day’s Korea is very dangerous, it can be best described as ‘defy’. People’s generosity has decreased and sometimes fingers are pointed at the victim rather than the attacker. On top of that, women cannot be left alone outside after sunset. Every day, there are news on rapes and sexual harassment. In this society, CAH met the women and a play that talk about sexual comments without reserve. The title of the play is ‘vagina monologue’ and these women are the actresses.
The play <vagina monologue> is about the book written a women’s by activist, Eve Ensler, the book talks about various women and their interviews on ‘vagina’. ‘Vagina monologue’ premiered in 2001 and this year had 11th year in Korea, over the years. It was loved by many honest women, and as it is an old play. More than 50% of the story has changed and extensions have been made as well. It gives a different point of view on ‘sex and women’. Also it clears the misunderstanding of sex to both women and men, and it is comprised of the voices of many women who work in all different fields. So it compared to the plays performed before, CAH can say that it has the value of watching.
The host, a actress and a guest lead the play in a talk show form. Most of people who watch this play, do not know the meaning of ‘vagina’ at first, but as soon as the show starts, they get to learn, because the actresses talk about the women’s vagina without reserve. Vagina is the term that indicates women’s genitals. The show also shows the ‘sexuality’ problems. Saying ‘vagina’, <vagina monologue> discusses various social sex problems such as suppression, violence and indifference.
The episodes are various. There are a monologue of former comfort woman drafted into the Japanese forces under Japanese colonial rule who are deprived of everything they had, a monologue of fatty girl who are unjust all of her strength because she is fat, a monologue of a woman who could not help divorcing, a monologue of Helen Gurley Brown who was the editor-in-chief of ‘cosmopolitan’, a monologue of a girl raped, a monologue of transsexual, etc. Through these monologues, actresses show heart-wrenching stories as ‘women’. Especially, people feel sad extremely, when a actress recites a poem of Eve Ensler for comfort women.
The play consists of each part, in other words ‘omnibus format’, and provides a chance to understand gender of women right. In addition, this play shed new light on women’s lives and points out the social problems of women. These days, becoming child sexual violence as social issues, people should have attention and consideration about ‘women’ through this play, <vagina monologue>.
Let’s talk about ‘Feminism’
Because of Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, it might be blamed a bit, these days. It is ‘Feminism’. Feminism describes women’s liberation being against the reality of women restrained because of sexual discrimination and men-centered view.
It began from a movement from female suffrage, its goal is to get the objective reality and find the solution, to exterminate the attitude standardizing social experiences and perception of men into ordinary things, to understand women’s interests who feel they are restrained systematically, and to set up feminine unique characteristics and proper differences. Accordingly, what feminism calls into question is social gender, not biological gender.
The most controversial problem is the conflict between equality and difference. the stance which women have to fight to become same with men is standing against the stance which forces people to understand that women and men are clearly different. The gap of these two stances including various sub-problems contributes diversifying women’s matters. If women equals men, which men or which sides are they same? Do women have to ask equality of opportunity to men or equality of effects? Opposingly, if you admit women and men are different, does this difference come from natural biological difference or social · economical difference? The definition and direction of feminism change based on the view about this.
Which feministic opinion is <vagina monologue> showing? First, the play is admitting sexual gap, since there is no reference that women should equal men on the side of opportunities or effects. It also claims sexual gap is only from biological characteristics. People can find this from the part of the play included transsexual’s sadness into women’s sadness. However, it only admits the gap and claims sexual discrimination should not exist. It also says women must express their sexual characteristics freely as men do. So they insist that the violence to women must disappear. Moreover, women should express their sex(gender) as freely as men. Women don’t have freedom about sex than men. <Vagina monologue> has a lot of examples. First, all of our body parts have their name. For example, eye is ‘eye’, nose is ‘nose’, arm is ‘arm’ and all of our ‘organ’ so on. All their part has a name and are called their name. However, one of our body parts cannot called its name. It is ‘vagina’. Why? Since people were young, they was forbidden from calling ‘vagina’. After people become adult, people are not class enough to call ‘vagina’. It means women’s gender is not free than men’s gender. That’s not all. The first episode of <Vagina monologue> is a woman’s story who cut pubic hair because of husband’s demand. The main character depilated her pubic hair because her husband is excited with hairless skin. Pain from depilation was merry hell. However, her husband didn’t understand her and her friends said she should follow husband’s opinion, though she could not feel pleasure at sex because of that pain. This scene tells to us that men’s gender is considered superiorly than women’s gender. Eventually, women choose to divorce to find their sexual freedom.
<Vagina monologue> was campaigning to free women from sexual harassment. It also claimed ‘vagina’ deserves to be cherished and worshiped since it is the source which creates world and the mysterious spot more than space.
October 26th. 2012 ~ January 6th. 2013
Chungmu Art Hall little theater blue
Over full 13 years old
A base price \ 45,000 for general admission seats (\15,000 with the student’s ID card)
<Vagina monologue> supports freedom from every harassments toward women. This is the slogan of 2012 <Vagina monologue>. This is not just about free from sexual violence. This play has been trying to establish their identities for women audience, and change their views of seeing women for men. This is probably why this play is regarded as an art rather than a pornography despite many reviews that the play is too obscene. There was the meaning that both men and women felt sympathy and learned a lesson in the following applause whenever each episode ended. The applause was approving women themselves or you who are living with women would must see this play. Sexual difference between men and women, and distorted stereotypes. I recommend you to visit Chungmu Art Hall this week to look sex as equal person versus person having some differences, but no discrimination.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >