This woman needs your help to do the unspeakable: castrate rapists.
Picture this: It’s a typical night at the club. A man named Phil is hanging out at the bar when a cute girl catches his attention. She says her name is Melissa and that she’s underage, but Phil dances with her anyway. When Phil is distracted, Melissa drops a roofie into his drink. He finishes it off, unsuspecting.
The next thing Phil knows, he’s waking up on an operating table, surrounded by 5 masked women wielding scalpels. One of them is Melissa. Phil’s stomach sinks in horror as he realizes what’s happening. The women know his secret: he molested a little girl named Hannah Jaymes the night before.
They force him to confess.
They force him to apologize. And then —
They castrate him.
That’s the opening scene of GYNX (pronounced “jinx”), a new play about five vigilante women who team up to “hunt the hunters back” — by tracking down rapists and hacking their dicks off.
My name is Alicen Grey, and I’m the award-winning writer responsible for this hysterical work of theater. If I may have your attention for a moment, I’d like to tell you why I wrote this play, and why you should donate to support our upcoming Off-Broadway premiere.
Growing up, I didn’t yet have the vocabulary to describe my experiences, but it was always clear that I was treated worse than boys my age, for no discernible reason other than my gender. Be quiet. Be polite. Smile. Sit properly. You can’t do that. It seemed that life, for me, was a never-ending list of restrictions and rules — whereas for my older brother, life was his to roam freely.
So it was no surprise when, following multiple incidents of sexual violence in my teens, I was told to be quiet about what had transpired — while my assailants were allowed to continue living as if nothing had happened. As if they had not ruined me.
I persisted, despite an onslaught of attempts to shut me up. By reclaiming my voice, I brought other women out of their shells as well. The more connections I made with other survivors, the more clear it became that sexual assault was frighteningly common. From being catcalled to being molested, it seems that every woman has experienced some degree of sex-based violence. And while we were damned to suffer the post-traumatic stress in silence, our attackers were respected in churches, appointed judges, promoted in the workplace, elected as leaders of countries….
How do we challenge rape culture when rapists are given power, which allows them to dictate our cultural values and protect their fellow rapists?
I think the first step is to create platforms where women’s voices are amplified— which is exactly what we’re doing with GYNX.
Why should you support GYNX? Here are just a few reasons:
1. GYNX passes every feminist media test known to woman, including the infamous Bechdel test. Not many shows or movies out there can say the same!
2. GYNX raises awareness about feminist issues such as human trafficking, child pornography, reproductive rights, LGBT homelessness, and of course, rape culture.
3. GYNX is written and directed by women — plus, our entire creative staff and our 5 lead actors are women! In the world of theater, female-majority productions are very rare.
4. Most of all, GYNX is 100% unapologetic about challenging rape culture. These characters — who are based on real-life survivors — openly discuss their sexual trauma, bluntly question male power, and best of all, they carry out justice on their terms. In recovering from sexual violence, this type of agency is crucial to the healing process.
5. I mean, come on. You get to watch rapists suffer some consequences for once. Who doesn’t want to see that? ;)
Our culture is slowwwllyyy beginning to embrace woman-centered media, as we’re seeing with the all-female remake of Ghostbusters and the more recent Wonder Woman movie. But it’s going to take a lot more than that to overhaul a culture where men like Bill Cosby can walk away unscathed from 60 women’s accusations. I believe legitimately feminist media must brazenly challenge male violence against women, not simply insert women into men’s storylines.
So if you believe in supporting real feminist media, working women, and uncensored discourse about rape culture, then please donate to our IndieGoGo campaign. For a donation of only $25 — the price of a ticket to the live show — supporters receive a “virtual ticket” to watch a professional recording of GYNX online. So you don’t have to be in New York City to see it!
As women challenging patriarchy, it’s our collective responsibility to create the world we want to see. But we can only do that by coming together to uplift women’s voices at every chance we get.