The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play that has been performed all around the world. Eve Ensler interviewed a diversity of women, giving them a platform to talk about their vaginas. These are women from a wide range of backgrounds – different sexualities, young and old, from different cultures and religions. They’re also women who have been through different experiences; rape, consensual sex, genital mutilation and more.
This sharp, profound and hilarious gathering of female voices shows the desires, fears, and oppression of many women with regards to their bodies, especially their vaginas. It celebrates the vagina. It gives it its own voice. It allows the vagina to be revisited, to be looked at and for its owner to have a positive relationship with it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its power and freedom. I learned to question and to confront issues relating to my own body and my own experiences with myself and whom I choose to share those experiences with.
I also discovered the global movement, V-Day, which strives to end violence against all women and girls. This non-profit organization was born from The Vagina Monologues and has so far done an incredible job to help women and girls around the globe.
I recommend this for all women and I challenge you to sit down and have a conversation with yourself about your body, and about your vagina. You will not look at it the same way again.
“To love women, to love our vaginas, to know them and touch them and be familiar with who we are and what we need. To satisfy ourselves, to teach our lovers to satisfy us, to be present in our vaginas, to speak of them out loud, to speak of their hunger and pain and loneliness and humor, to make them visible so they cannot be ravaged in the dark without great consequence, so that our center, our point, our motor, our dream, is no longer detached, mutilated, numb, broken, invisible, or ashamed.”
― Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues