Before I’ll tell you about this movement where more than one million people go out to the streets to dance on Valentine’s day, let me share with you why we at Omooni decided to rise and dance with those women too, supporting the new meaning of the V-day.
Did you know that the origins of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman fertility festival Lupercalia. It is said that young women would place their names in a large urn and then young men would draw a name and be romantically linked with that woman for the following year. At least that’s one of the myths and legends out there.
Sounds quite politically incorrect when you think about it, doesn’t it? Would that mean the women would have to engage with those men even thou they might not feel attracted towards them? Would they have the right to say “No”? In those times not very likely.
Sadly in our age, there’s sexual violence, gender suppression, rape and other forms of violence against women and girls happening on a daily basis. 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population counting almost 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.
We follow our mission to educate humanity on conscious sex, to support them, to ask for their desires, but also to set their boundaries and be able to say “No.”
We promote the discourse on conscious sexuality that nobody dares to speak out. And this is also one of the reasons why sexual violence is still existing. It’s like a shadow that covers up the suppression that’s happening right in front of us.
That’s why we like to dedicate the day of love, Valentine’s day, to a political hot and pressing topic: Human equality.
I believe that’s where the trust in freedom is claimed and truly embodied. Equality establishes the groundwork for love. It’s how two human beings can relate and engage with each other on a healthy non-violent level. I know that when I can trust in being treated fairly and equally, I can open my heart and be fully vulnerable with my beloved.
Let me tell you about a project that also speaks up and opens this discourse powerfully. In 1994 the famous women’s activist Eve Ensler broke ground with the Obie Award-winning theater, The Vagina Monologues.
Philipp and I saw this piece in Munich last year. It’s a political piece of art like nothing we’ve had seen before. Eve based her play on dozens of interviews she conducted with women who were confronted with social stigmas and abuse.
On Valentines Day, 1998, Eve, decided to establish the V-Day standing for Victory, Valentine, and Vagina.
V-Day’s mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, Eve allows performances of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day, and uses the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work on ending violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers. What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,800 V-Day events annually.
“Probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Watch the Vagina Monologues by the Imperial College London’s drama society:
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary, V-Day launched its most ambitious campaign to date – ONE BILLION RISING. One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.
On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.
Join One Billion Rising in your city: Click HERE and spread the word.