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Preview — Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
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"I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don't think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college profess...more
My vagina is a shell, a round pink tender shell, opening and closing, closing and opening. My vagina is a flower, an eccentric tulip, the center acute and deep, the scent delicate, the petals gentle but sturdy.
No it isn't. It isn't a flower, it isn't a tulip, it isn't a shell or a piece of coral or an exotic orchid. It's a tract of epithelial tissue, just like everyone else's.
Don't get me wrong, vaginas are lovely – I'm a massive fan – but these monologues represent the sort of facile, pseudo- ...more
First of all, over the vagina/vulva debate, Ensler addresses that almost first thing. She purposefully chose the more hideous word to make people uncomfortable (and eventually--hopefully--comfortable with the subject matter). The low goodreads reviews make me think those people didn't actually read the play. Maybe they just saw a sub-par production that didn't have all the pieces. Fine. Forgivable.
Second, people are s ...more
It's a very quick read. It's not an easy read. There's discussion of self-loathing, of embarrassment and shame, of sexual assault and violence against women, of statutory rape. It might also not be easy for you if you can't read the word 'vagina' without getting uncomfortable, or if you don't like the word 'cunt ...more
You know, I don't see it that way, either. I thought the source of all that was my brain.
I must not have been abused enough as a girl, because I always feel like vagina-centric art projects like this reduce me to a piece of anatomy just as much as does the alleged male fantasy of big boobs and miles of leg.
Which is not to say that there weren't/aren't some seriously screwed-up ideas about female reprodu ...more
through all of this, it can be ...more
Originally I was going to count this for my 52 books challenge as "a book you're embarrassed to read in public".
As this book taught me, though, I shouldn't be embarrassed of my own vagina.
This one was a super fast read, I finished it in one sitting, but if you don't want to read the full book at least please check out these two monologues:
They Beat the Girl out of my Boy…Or so They Tried;
Say It (written for the "Confort Women", I can't find the link for this one but I'm sure it's on ...more
Here in the United States, a woman is raped every ...more
The Vagina Monologues is the February book for the Banging Book Club, run by Hannah Witton, Lucy Moon, and Leena Norms. It’s also the first book I’ve read for the book club, because I ordered January’s pick, Asking For It, on January 1 … and it only arrived from the UK yesterday.
Anyway, this is a tough one to review, for a few reasons—not all of them having to do with vaginas! For one thing, it’s one of those books that defies library categorization. It was in the non-fiction sectio ...more
Miron Yayınları'nın, 2002'de Özden Öke çevirisiyle yayımlamış olduğu bu Türkçe baskısına denk gelince hemen okumak istedim. Oldukça ilgi çekici bir metin bu. Aslında vajinayla ilgili yazılmış bir şey ne kadar ilginç ol ...more
Still, you have to be a complete idiot to not see the power in this play (or performance piece). Considering that women’s sexuality is in many ways still owned/controlled by men, this book is still timely. Don’t believe that first part. What is the term for an older man who dates a younger woman? No, I’m not thinking Sugar Daddy. But what would you ca ...more
I performed in this most of the years I was in college as part of the national V-day campaign, and the experiences I gained there with stay with me forever. Some of the monologues are funny, some are heart-wrenching. The play is an emotional roller coaster if you let yourself get swept away in it. I only wish this would include some of the optional monologues that ...more
Synonyms for Vagina: the short list
that girl down there—down there—pussy—pussy cat—miss mary—snatch—clit—vagina—money maker—the hairy monster—the snapper—genital—the twat—girlfriend—sadie—cunt—itsy bitsy—the package—vulva—powder box—pooki—derrière—poochi—poopi—peepe—poopelu—poonani—pal—piche—toadie—dee dee—n ...more
It is hard for me to rate this play, so I won't.
I read it because I had heard that an American university cancelled their annual production of this show. The material was considered outdated and that reminded me...'wow, I have STILL not read the Vagina Monologues.'
I was surprised by how *short* it was.... really, just a handful of pages. It was... well yeah. It was what I expected.
I'd like to believe that since the play has come out 20 years ago ...more
The idea behind the book, is generally, yes, somewhere along the line of answers to the question, "If y ...more
We did parts of The Vagina Monologues as, well, for lack of a better word, plays for various events in college; this was my introduction to this...play. Of course, because performing the whole thing would be too time consuming, we only performed bits of it. I vividly remember In Memory of her Face; I wasn't in it, but I watched it, and what a passionate, heart-rending performance it wa ...more
I also didn't really connect with the monologues and no doubt that's because they were meant to be seen performed, not read. I would probably only buy this if I had already seen and enjoyed a performance.
So why 3 stars and not fewer? It's an a ...more