Vagina Project celebrates, educates about women’s issues

ST. GEORGE – Stormy weather did not keep a crowd of about 140 men and woman away from the third annual “Vagina Project” held Monday night at Dixie State University. The two-day event continues Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Delores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center on campus, 255 S. 700 East in St. George.

The Vagina Project event continues Tuesday night at 7:30 at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, March 28, 2016 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News
The Vagina Project event continues Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, March 28, 2016 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

The Vagina Project encourages women to think of themselves as “more than,” as in more than a student, mother, daughter, victim or diagnosis.

“I am more complex than medical discoveries could even pinpoint,” a project participant said during a performance at the event. “I take labels and shed them off like old skin.”

The event is an interdisciplinary effort that includes faculty from the fields of psychology, theater, dance, art, English, criminology and more, Dixie State associate psychology professor Dannelle Larsen-Rife said. It addresses issues that affect both men and women.

“People have a lot of questions about how to be in relationships, how to function in relationships, sexual behavior, identity, just how to be in the world,” Larsen-Rife said, “so this addresses a lot of those issues.”

The Vagina Project includes music, dance, an art reception, workshop, portraits of survivors and “I am more than … ” readings.

Dixie State student Sydney Garcia of Kaysville said she was offered extra credit to attend the Vagina Project but that’s not the only reason she attended.

“I support what they do with just normalizing the normal processes of our bodies and experiences that we have,” Garcia said, “and making it more acceptable to talk about it.”

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10 Comments

  • Sapphire March 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Some people sure need a lot of attention. Ask your mother how your body works or Google it. Then behave responsibly. You need self esteem? Do something worthwhile. Don’t know what direction to take in your career? Go to college, get educated. Work in different fields until something looks interesting. Working with men and want respect? Do your job and quit whining. Want to be trusted? Stop gossiping and be nice. I can’t believe they actually did this ridiculous seminar. No one in my age group needed this foolishness to know we were women and were useful if we wanted to be. This society is nuts!

    • Rainbow Dash March 29, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      This is needed. Case and point: A few years ago (2012) at the Mormon Institute of “Religion” at this very university the Relief Society President ( a woman of about 50, I guessed) at the time got up on stage and told a room full of young (18 yrs old) women that their ONLY job on this earth was to get married ASAP and have as many children as possible. She stated that “God” would treat them better after death the more kids they had because big familes are pleasing to God. Sapphire, I don’t know where your from but that MORMON CULT CRAP is what the majority of Utah’s women have been told since they day they were born. This project is good because it promotes the fact that women can and should more than that.

    • Tots March 30, 2016 at 7:21 am

      The Vagina Project helps women overcome many of stereotypes that you clearly believe. Whining and gossiping are not qualities exclusive to women, and encouraging any gender stereotype (male or female) is harmful to both men and women. Want to gain some female respect? Stop talking about women as if the stereotypes are all true.

    • Sapphire March 31, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Do you think there was a reason only 140 people showed up? How is a pink fuzzy genital cake represent women being more than genitals? How about the Women’s Improvement Project? Maybe the Woman Appreciation Project. Oh I know, this gave the sponsers a chance to publicize (drum roll) the “V” word and make a vaggie cake. So important.

  • Proud Rebel March 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    OK gentlemen, let’s start a penis project and see how far it gets before we have all kinds of problems from the gals! 😀

    • ladybugavenger March 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Penis project haha like Bruce Jenner?

  • 42214 March 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I’d sure like to hear Mesaman’s take on this whole vagina stuff.

    • .... March 31, 2016 at 3:10 am

      That should be as ridiculous as anything the RealMcStupid would say LOL !

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS March 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    maybe i’ll start up THE PENIS PROJECT. who wants to come to the convention?

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS March 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    usually these feminist conventions are all about shopping, fat acceptance, and how to make your husband do all the housework.

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