Presented by Women's Resources and Research Center
A Monologue Series Celebrating Resilience, Resistance, Empowerment, and Healing
Through a series of performances, OurStories centers the impacts of gendered violence on the community to create visibility, educate and work to end systems of oppression. Central themes of OurStories include resilience, empowerment and healing. OurStories serves as a space in which those impacted by gendered violence, and/or those wishing to engage with their narratives through performance, can share their stories and connect with other members of the community. OurStories is a space for folx of all identities (including, but not limited to womxn, trans and non-binary folx) to share their truths, find community through creativity and engage community in dialogue around creating inclusive space for survivors and marginalized groups.
Originally inspired by Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” the production of OurStories has changed throughout the years. It has been known as Vagina: HerStories, Vagina: OurStories, and most recently, Vagina*OurStories. These changes to the title have all reflected the efforts of the WRRC to make the performance more inclusive of marginalized gender identities. Given the current and historical context of transphobia in feminist movements, the name change to OurStories seeks to challenge cis-centered narratives surrounding gender. Moreover, the program intends to highlight intersectional experiences in an effort to dismantle all systems of oppression.