I did the Vagina Monologues all four years of undergrad, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It’s a great introduction to structured grassroots activism campaigns, and all the trends of taking back words (slut, cunt, dyke, etc.) owe their roots to Eve Ensler’s courageous first step. The Vagina Monologues recently turned 10, and there were some discussions that it was out of date, mostly by people who hadn’t seen it. While some pieces have aged better than others, I think it’s still hilarious, moving, and relevant overall. Some very strong pieces have been added in recent years, such as “They Beat the Girl out of my Boy,” about being transgender. And the expansion of Eve’s work into the third world has been called colonialist, but I just call it an effective way to get privileged college kids to put money and time toward righting injustices. That being said, it’s a fuckton of work to put on and do well. In my four years with V-Day, I did just about every part of putting on the show – acting, producing, being on the promotional team, and finally directing. I experienced definite highs and lows, great moments of sisterhood and unbelievable cattiness. Regardless of personal dynamics, you still have to engage people in spending a ton of time, both in rehearsal and in promoting the show, so that you fill the seats and make money for your chosen charities. The Vagina Monologues absolutely turned me into a feminist, but there were times where I saw what those gender stereotypes were getting at.