Patty Taboada is a magazine editor-turned-businesswoman who has taken part in The Vagina Monologues since 2011, including the latest production by 2TinCans Philippines in 2018. She is also a writer in constant search for her muse and that ever-elusive New York Times bestseller, an aspiring thespian who longs to perform the Cell Block Tango from Chicago, and a momager of Kris Jenner levels to her young chow-chow, Gryffin.
What do you think makes The Vagina Monologues still relevant, 20 years since its first run?
The Times Up Now movement and the waves of #MeToo this past year come from the ripples that V-Day created two decades ago. If you’ll take a look at news around the world and within the country, you’ll see that gender-related violence, most especially against women and girls, still make the headlines. While it’s an unfortunate reality, the silver lining lies within victims being more vocal and making their voices heard, raising more awareness and serving justice where it’s deserved.
On a personal level, how is performing in The Vagina Monologues important to you?
In my years doing The Vagina Monologues, I’ve taken on several roles. I thought that the appeal of performing in this show had run its course. Then I sit here, thinking: I can say “yes.” I can say “no.” The important thing is that I have a choice, which is more than I can say for the women whose experiences make up the play: those who are raped, shamed – some by their own mothers – for having periods, for getting pleasure, even for having hair down there. To think that these are only some of the issues that people face against their will every day. I have a choice to be a Vagina Warrior. I’ve made it.
If your vagina could talk, what would it say?
photography Candice Hintz