As part of the research for my master’s thesis, I was offered the opportunity to visit the European University Institute in Florence for the month of March. I had previously visited Florence once before, for a few days in 2015, where I was instantly taken aback by the architectural beauty, and most importantly, the incredible food. Furthermore, the numerous resources available at the University related to my area of study were highly relevant, providing a greater depth of research to my final paper. Therefore, as I am sure you can imagine, this was an easy decision to make.
“Oh my, that’s scandalous!” was my reaction when I first heard about the Vagina Monologues. “Vagina” is not a word used casually where I come from—in fact, it is frowned upon. My friend joked that her Mom would have boarded the first flight to Budapest to drag her back home if she were to use the word on her Facebook wall.