Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

As a modern, local version of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, The Missoula Monologues (TMM) consists of a series of community members sharing their stories in monologue performance style. TMM intends to engage the audience’s empathy through personal narrative, creating a grassroots movement for social change. As an annual event, TMM focuses on a different topic each year, depending on the relevant issues of the time and always including as diverse a group of speakers as possible. The theme of the 2017 Missoula Monologues is “Toxic Masculinity.” This aims to analyze the detrimental effects of the disconnect between individuals’ identities and the social stereotypes projected onto them. The variety of the speakers’ perspectives will present the audience with a set of lenses through which to examine the stigmas surrounding archetypal masculinity. An emphasis on male survivors of sexual assault, a prime example of the harmful effects of toxic masculinity, will accompany the raw humanity of the monologues in the form of short excerpts presented by University of Montana students. My presentation of TMM will include the compilation of these selected pieces of researched literature, printed copies of the speakers’ prepared monologues, and my own journaling about the experience.

Category

Humanities

Braden Fitzgerald.docx (14 kB)
UM student Braden Fitzgerald's monologue.

Marcus Ordane.docx (13 kB)
UM student Marcus Ordane's monologue. Note: originally written for The 2016 Vagina Monologues. Edited version was performed at The 2017 Missoula Monologues.

Ryan Koski.docx (18 kB)
UM student Ryan Koski's monologue.

LeShawn George.docx (19 kB)
UM student LeShawn George's monologue.

Cortney Walsh.docx (14 kB)
UM student Cortney Walsh's monologue.

Jarrett Hopewell.docx (16 kB)
UM student Jarrett Hopewell's monologue.

Excerpts.docx (15 kB)
Journals.docx (18 kB)
A sampling of the author's thoughts throughout the process of creating The Missoula Monologues.

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Apr 28th, 4:40 PM Apr 28th, 5:00 PM

The Missoula Monologues

UC 331

As a modern, local version of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, The Missoula Monologues (TMM) consists of a series of community members sharing their stories in monologue performance style. TMM intends to engage the audience’s empathy through personal narrative, creating a grassroots movement for social change. As an annual event, TMM focuses on a different topic each year, depending on the relevant issues of the time and always including as diverse a group of speakers as possible. The theme of the 2017 Missoula Monologues is “Toxic Masculinity.” This aims to analyze the detrimental effects of the disconnect between individuals’ identities and the social stereotypes projected onto them. The variety of the speakers’ perspectives will present the audience with a set of lenses through which to examine the stigmas surrounding archetypal masculinity. An emphasis on male survivors of sexual assault, a prime example of the harmful effects of toxic masculinity, will accompany the raw humanity of the monologues in the form of short excerpts presented by University of Montana students. My presentation of TMM will include the compilation of these selected pieces of researched literature, printed copies of the speakers’ prepared monologues, and my own journaling about the experience.