"Valentine's Day is an occasion that people use to celebrate love and romance and all the wonderful aspects of relationships," Obel says. "And yet with so many women and girls surviving violence, it's hard to imagine that Valentine's Day would be a day of celebration for them. So in a sense, V-Day is about making Valentine's Day—and every day—a day when women can celebrate their sexuality, their safety and their strength."
"It's just reality, and it celebrates femininity, as well as educating people about the violence that women go through every day," Cal State Fullerton's Erwin said. "I've heard some men are scared by the title alone. They think it's going to be male-bashing right off the bat. But it's the exact opposite. It's a celebration as well as an educational tool that these things happen every day to the women you love."
And then Erwin offers what may be the most quotable quote of this still New Year: "Even if you don't have a vagina, I'm sure you love someone who does."
V-Day College Campaign 2002 presents The Vagina Monologues at Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (949) 574-1440. Fri.-Sun., 7 p.m. $14 in advance; $20 at the door; and at Cal State Long Beach University Theatre, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 972-3593; www.loudrmouth.com. Thurs., Feb. 14, 1 p.m.; Feb. 15-16, 8 p.m. $15 suggested donation at the door.