Thing Two's Reviews > I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World

I am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
3722823
's review
Aug 04, 11

bookshelves: poetry, book-club-local-orlando
Recommended to Thing Two by: Book Club
Recommended for: Daughters
Read on August 03, 2011

Manifesta to Young Women and Girls

HERE'S WHAT YOU WILL BE TOLD:

Find a man
Seek protection
The world is scary
Don't go out
You are weak
Don't care so much
They're only animals
Don't be so intense
Don't cry so much
You can't trust anyone
Don't talk to strangers
People will take advantage of you
Close your legs
Girls aren't good with:
Numbers
Facts
Making difficult decisions
Lifting things
Putting things together
International news
Flying planes
Being in charge.
If he rapes you, surrender,
you will get killed trying to defend yourself
Don't travel alone
You are nothing without a man
Don't make the first move,
wait for him to notice you
Don't be too loud
Follow the crowd
Obey the laws
Don't know too much
Tone it down
Find someone rich
It's how you look that matters,
not what you think.

HERE'S WHAT I'M TELLING YOU:

Everyone's making everything up
There is no one in charge except for those
who pretend to be
No one is coming
No one is going to
Rescue you
Mind-read your needs
Know your body better than you

Always fight back
Ask for it
Say you want it
Cherish your solitude
Take trains by yourself to places
you have never been
Sleep out alone under the stars
Learn how to drive a stick shift
Go so far away that you stop being afraid of
not coming back
Say no when you don't want to do something
Say yes if your instincts are strong
even if everyone around you disagrees
Decide whether you want to be liked or admired
Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out
what you're doing here
Believe in kissing
Fight for tenderness
Care as much as you do
Cry as much as you want
Insist the world be theater
and love the drama
Take your time
Move as fast as you do
as long as it's your speed.
Ask yourself these questions:
Why am I whispering when I have something to say?
Why am I adding a question mark at the end
of all my sentences?
Why am I apologizing every time I express my needs?
Why am I hunching over?
Starving myself when I love food?
Pretending it doesn't mean that much to me?
Hurting myself when I mean to scream?
Why am I waiting
Whining
Pining
Fitting in?
You know the truth:
Sometimes it does hurt that much
Horses can feel love
Your mother wanted more than that
It's easier to be mean than smart
But that isn't who you are.
3 likes · likeflag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read I am an Emotional Creature.
sign in »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown_arrow    newest »

message 1: by Kendra (new) - added it

Kendra Awesome! Wish I had daughters to share with, bu am doing my part to make sure that my sons won't expect women to live up to the poor standards form the top.


back to top