With news stories like the Chris Brown and Rihanna assault scandal, it is no question violence against women exists in today’s society.
The V-Day Lubbock Coalition aimed to raise awareness for domestic abuse in its performance of “The Vagina Monologues” on Saturday.
“The Vagina Monologues” is a play based on interviews with real women talking about real problems they have with society and the way it portrays them. All proceeds went directly to Women’s Protective Services and Victim’s Violence.
Amanda Evans, a graduate student studying counselor education from Las Cruces, N.M., portrayed a woman with an “angry vagina,” a monologue she has been doing for the past five years.
Evans said people don’t talk about violence against women enough, and she believes female abuse often gets swept under the rug.
“I’ve worked at Women’s Protective Services for over two years,” she said, “and I think one of the main problems is that people believed all these myths about violence and sexual assault. Like, ‘What happens in the home stays in the home,’ ‘She asked for it,’ those kinds of things.
“I think what happens is that people think they’re against it, but as a society they condone it because of the place women are in.”
Evans said changing society’s perspective is difficult, but she is doing her part.
“We’re not all going to have the same passion when it comes to violence, but when we’re all working toward the same thing and spreading the word,” she said, “that’s going to be the most beneficial thing.”
Students are not the only ones getting involved in V-Day and helping combat media violence. Some Tech professors also participate.
Linda Kaye Larrabee, a sociology instructor at Tech, has made a reputation for herself in “The Vagina Monologues” in the past five years. Larrabee explained the importance of addressing female abuse in such a bold way in West Texas.
“I think it’s all the more important in Lubbock because it is such a conservative place, and we don’t talk about things that are uncomfortable,” she said. “We don’t talk about violence against women, and, therefore, it’s ignored. We need to get it out there.”
Though V-Day is not an anti-male organization, Larrabee said much of the responsibility in changing female violence lies within the men of our society.
“We have to change the awareness of the males,” she said. “What one of our counselors tries to do is tell men to use their strength for good purposes.”
One of the few males in attendance was a sophomore history major from Grand Prairie, Adam Peña. He said he is in full support of raising awareness.
“It’s honestly something you don’t hear every day, and it is good that they’re getting the message out,” he said. “In this way, it was serious; it was funny; it was dramatic. It’s a different step to take.”
Regardless of political affiliation, religion or any other ideology, Lubbock citizens joined together to promote female safety and security.
“We need to teach women that they don’t have to tolerate it, and teach men not to do it,” Larrabee said.