In her introduction, Eve Ensler talks about the end of violence against women--that what has been done for theThis book makes me proud to be a woman.
In her introduction, Eve Ensler talks about the end of violence against women--that what has been done for the last 10 years via grassroots movement of V-Day is on rescue rather than transformation.
"It is the culture that has to change--the beliefs, the underlying story and behavior of the culture." This is because, in Ensler's words, "We have not penetrated the mindset that, somewhere in every single culture, gives permission to violence, expects violence, waits for violence, and instigates violence."
I thought to myself, why focus on the topic of “vagina”? Ensler provided the answer; because like her in the past (and I’m sure is the case with some women I know), it [vagina:] is a word that creates the feelings of anxiety, disgust, shame or a combination of all these. One realizes that by giving it a name it ceases to be a secret.
Like Ensler and all the women behind this movement “I say it because I want to someday feel comfortable saying it, and not ashamed or guilty.” I even laughed out loud when I read this line: “Who needs a handgun when you’ve got a semiautomatic” taken from Angier’s “Woman: An Intimate Geography.”
I felt all teary eyed reading the narratives on the Comfort Women, of women who are shunted aside in society not only because they are regarded as second class but because they are not even regarded as people, of those who have suffered abuses one after another. It made me realize how lucky I am that I’m not counted as one of them, that I’ve never suffered from any abuse in the hands of men.
At the core of this work is a message to be aware of the violence done to women and little girls all over the world--of "The Vagina Monologues" being more than a moving work of art on violence but a way for people to act to end violence. If you’re a woman, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It will give you a new perspective on what is actually going on regarding the plight of women not only in your own country but elsewhere as well.
Title The Vagina Monologues (10th Anniversary Edition) Author Eve Ensler Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
"A Doll's House" is the story of Nora Helmer who has secretly borrowed a large sum of money to help her husband recover from a serious illness. Nora w"A Doll's House" is the story of Nora Helmer who has secretly borrowed a large sum of money to help her husband recover from a serious illness. Nora who has borrowed this money by forging her father's signature soon discovers the value of the relationship she has with her husband, Torvald, when he becomes the director of the bank that employs the man, Nils Krogstad, who has lent the money to Nora. When it is discovered that Nils has committed a forgery himself, Nils threatens to reveal Nora's secret to her husband if she does not convince Torvald to allow Nils to keep his position at the bank.
The play raises questions about female self-sacrifice in a male-dominated world. Nora is a "wife and child" to Torvald Helmer, and nothing more. She is his doll, a plaything on display to the world, of little intellectual value and even less utility in his life. Thus it is logical for Helmer to act so shockingly upon his discovery that Nora has managed financial affairs (typically a family responsibility reserved for the patriarch) without so much as his consent or knowledge.
Nora was constantly belittled by Helmer and had never been given the chance to grow up. She had been treated like a doll in a doll's house, first by her father and then by her husband, who she had been passed on to. Although it seems trivial, even the mere fact that she was forbidden to eat macaroons is significant. People may well say that a woman's first responsibility is to her family, and children especially, I think that it is ultimately to herself.
Nora closing the door at the end of the play is very significant--she is closing the door on that part of her life. Torvald realized what he had done in the end, but by that time it was far too late for anything to be changed.
Title A Doll's House Author Henrik Ibsen Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Although seemingly far-fetched, the how-tos are actually backed up with legitimate advice from a host of professionals, from a stuntwoman explains howAlthough seemingly far-fetched, the how-tos are actually backed up with legitimate advice from a host of professionals, from a stuntwoman explains how to win a catfight, jujitsu intructors, helicopter pilots, forensic psychologists to suvivalists.
This is a book for all you ladies out there who secretly want to be the next Lara Croft or Trinity; it gives you such tips as how to drink a man under the table, identify the essentials you'll be needing in your handbag, how to get your hair like your favourite heroine, escape on horseback, and how to survive in the wilderness with nothing more than matches, a bit of string and a paperclip.
It's is divided into the following entries with which every action heroine should be equipped with: Touch Chick Skills (How to Win a High-Speed Chase in High Heels and a Bustier), Beauty Skills (How To Turn a Man into a Sex Pawn), Brain Skills (How to Investigate your Spouse/Lover, How to Survive as a Mob Wife, How to go Undercover, How to Maintain a Secret Identity), Brawn Skills (How to Win a Catfight, How to Knock Out a Man with a Running Wall Kick) and Escape Skills (How to Fake Your Own Death, How to Escape When Kidnapped).
There are some memorable lessons in here, all accompanied by terrific illustrations. Don't expect this book to change your life, but it will give you a few laughs and perhaps some tips on getting out of sticky situations.
Title The Action Heroine's Handbook Author Jennifer Worick and Joe Borgenicht Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
"I'm stepping off the capitalist treadmill. I am going to take a deep breath and find a way to survive not being flat or perfect. I am inviting you to"I'm stepping off the capitalist treadmill. I am going to take a deep breath and find a way to survive not being flat or perfect. I am inviting you to join me, to stop trying to be anything, anyone other than who you are."
Ensler explores Bombay to Beverly Hills, delivering narratives collected in locker rooms, cell blocks, boardrooms, and bedrooms, where she frames their stories with her own personal journey from a self-loathing teenager to a (sometimes) self-accepting adult. "I have bought into the idea that if my stomach were flat, then I would be good...I would be protected. I would be accepted, admired, important, loved."
Thought provoking was the monologue of a teen that was sent to a "fat camp" and made ashamed of her body and of her family: "Fat people are good people. We deserve to be skinny bitches."
Ensler identifies distorted self-images as more than a trend or epidemic, but as a common attitude among many women, one that often leads to self-hatred and in many cases, self-mutilation.
The book contains everything you need to know in order to appreciate what you have been blessed with, even if it includes a few extra pounds here and there or the inevitable wrinkles. It sends out the message that it is okay to take care of our bodies, trying to live as healthily as possible, as long as nothing becomes an obsession, true path to an unbalanced, unhappy life.
In the end, the message is very clear: "Love your body. Stop fixing it."
Title The Good Body Author Eve Ensler Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
This begins in a somewhat light hearted manner than what you'd expect, and is indeed quite funny, but ends with one of the most powerfully affecting lThis begins in a somewhat light hearted manner than what you'd expect, and is indeed quite funny, but ends with one of the most powerfully affecting love meditations ever. It is written in the style of a diary kept by the first woman in the Judeao-Christian creation myth; Eve.
This one, being from the female perspective, is a little more introspective and emotional, but nonetheless still humorous when comparing how the two genders completely misinterpret each others actions and can witness the same event and come up with two different versions of what happened. Yet despite these seemingly irreconcilable differences, the two still come to love and depend on each other.
It's a classic story; both humorous and thought-provoking, it recreates the famous scene with surprising plausibility and is very enjoyable.
"How to Make an American Quilt" is a patchwork of lives that make up a quilting group. The ladies all live in Grasse, California, a small town outside"How to Make an American Quilt" is a patchwork of lives that make up a quilting group. The ladies all live in Grasse, California, a small town outside of Bakersfield. Otto wrote this short novel by interspersing chapters dedicated to quilting, in-between chapters dedicated to each of the quilters in the group. What I didn't figure out right away was that each chapter that described the quilting related to the character description of the next quilter. Each person was different and therefore each quilt that could be created by each woman, had different aspects to it.
I have to confess I found the chapters on quilting a bit dull, and it is probably because I am not a quilter. I love to look at quilts; I love to feel them. But reading these chapters on the process of quilting was trying my patience. However, I understood what the author was attempting to do, to compare a quilt to a group of women whose lives were patched together and somehow made them one.
The chapters that talked about the history of each character were very interesting, and I saw how they all were somehow connected to the others. Reading the book was a walk through history, as the women were of varying ages and spanned generations. We got to see Hy and Glady Joe as they are now, in their old age, but also what they were like in their younger years. We saw Anna and her daughter Marianna grow and mature as black women living in a white society.
"Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons: They never truly loved each other or they love each other still."
"That is the true challenge--to work within a narrow confine. To accept what you cannot have; that from which you cannot deviate."
"The truly terrible thing about this life, was not knowing what you want, but only able to recognize what you do not want. You have to spend so much time and energy trying to find it out, time that other people spent in pursuing of their desires."
I read the book only because I loved the movie. I expected the book to contain more storyline and depth, but I was terribly disappointed in finding that the movie in fact was by far, more informative. I felt slightly disadvantaged reading this novel, after having seen and loved the movie dozens of times. When I realized the movie was based on a novel by Whitney Otto, I couldn't wait to delve into it. Because I love the movie so much, I found it very hard to be objective while reading the book. To it's credit, the movie follows the book very closely.
The book itself was very original: comparing a quilt to love and life. It's blend of fiction and non-fiction was done successfully by Otto. However, one thing that lacked in Otto's book was a main character. It seemed that there were numerous supporting characters, and an attempt to create the main character Finn, and yet Finn had the least lines out of all of them. The ultimate conclusion that Finn draws -- that marriage isn't perfect but that she hopes her own is "wonderful," left me dissatisfied and asking "what else?"