Vagina Monologues show to support sex-trade workers

Eve Ensler's episodic play will be performed in Kamloops beginning on Friday, March 6

The Vagina Monologues will soon be told in Kamloops.

This year, the annual event will take place at the Brautigan Library, a new venue on the North Shore, and the funds it raises will help women in the sex trade.

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The SHOP program is run by ASK Wellness Society. Its goal is to provide support services to women in the sex work industry and those who have retired or left the trade.

“Because a blowjob is still a job,” said Angie Doolan, who is organizing the Vagina Monologues event for the first time this year, along with her mother, Cheryl.

“It might sound crazy and maybe a little crude, but it’s just as much of a job as a receptionist is a job. I don’t think it’s ever going to go away. It’s something that is going to be in demand for years to come,” she said.

Although this is the first year Doolan is organizing the event, she has a long history of participation.

“I was quite young when I first saw it,” she said. “For me, it was like getting used to having a vagina and not having it be a bad word, or have a negative connotation. It doesn’t have to be a big deal,” she said.

Doolan, 24, has been performing in the show for the past eight years.

The tone of the monologues, which were collected and written into an episodic play by Eve Ensler in the 1990s, ranges from heavy to humorous.

“There’s happy ones, sexual ones and heavy ones. There’s stuff for everyone, for sure,” Doolan said.

As for audience, Doolan said everyone — of legal drinking age, since the venue will be serving alcohol — should see the show, and can recall what others have taken away from the past, whether it’s a message of empowerment or even education.

“One woman didn’t know what her clitoris was, which was pretty cool,” she recalled.

The event will also include a 50/50 draw, a silent auction and a special musical performance by the Coochie Choir, organized by Kamloops musician and ASK employee Kira Haug.

Friday night tickets are sold out, but tickets to Saturday’s show are still available for $25, online at eventbrite.ca.

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