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"I say vagina because I want people to respond," says playwright Eve Ensler, creator of the hilarious, disturbing soliloquies in The Vagina Monologues, a book based on her one-woman play. And respond they do--with horror, anger, censure, and sparks of wonder and pleasure. Ensler is on a fervent mission to elevate and celebrate this much mumbled-about body part. She asked hundreds of women of all ages a series of questions about their vaginas (What do you call it? How would you dress it?) that prompt some wondrous answers. Standouts among the euphemisms are tamale, split knish, choochi snorcher, Gladys Siegelman--Gladys Siegelman?--and, of course, that old standby "down there." "Down there?" asks a composite character springing from several older women. "I haven't been down there since 1953. No, it had nothing to do with [American president] Eisenhower." Two of the most powerful pieces include a jagged poem stitched together from the memories of a Bosnian woman raped by soldiers and an American woman sexually abused as a child who reclaims her vagina as a place of wild joy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ensler's powerful, funny, incisive, insightful meditation on one of the most proscribed, vilified, taboo-tainted, shame-shrouded bodily organs in our phallocratic culture is based on personal reminiscences and on interviews with dozens of women of various religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Its topics include the many attitudes women have about their vaginas, ranging from fear to fascination, and the ways those attitudes reflect and influence attitudes about sexuality, health, body image, and even spirituality. Even in the wrong hands--say, of a dry academician--Ensler's material would be enlightening. Fortunately, Ensler is first and foremost a storyteller and has fashioned her material into a highly readable script in which interviews are distilled to pithy brevity or reformatted as emotionally charged prose poems. Reading it, it is not hard to see why the off-Broadway one-woman show Ensler also crafted from its material met with critical and popular success and won Ensler a coveted Obie award. Jack Helbig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues are masterful and include so many disparate voices talking about issues that don't get enough focus otherwise. Read morePublished 12 months ago by AliKira
Vaginas are not often talked about, which is quite sad, given the high in vaginoplasty surgeries. Women in the book (play) explain how they were warned to leave their "down... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Book Cupid
I have both read and seen The Vagina Monologues in person. I have to say that reading it was so much more powerful. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2010 by Michelle Brew
This is a cry from women to find their spiritual, sexual, and beautiful power that is within them. There are stories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you think,... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Elizabeth
Words and thoughts once taboo are now mainstream due in large part to "The Vagina Monologues," a funny, moving exploration of women's thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears by the... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Gail Cooke
Words and thoughts once taboo are now mainstream due in large part to "The Vagina Monologues," a funny, moving exploration of women's thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears by... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Gail Cooke
Eve's courage and strength shine through the stores of women she interviewed about their bodies, their thoughts and their lives. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Kerry A. Walsh
A neurotic female that is obviously obsessed with stimulating herself in a public venue while shouting obscenities. Read morePublished on June 9 2004
The Vagina Monologues explores female sexuality and strength through a series of stories that are at times funny, sad, graphic or horrifying. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by A. Vegan