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- Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 198mm x 18mm | 180g
- Publication date: 1 February 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1860499260
- ISBN 13: 9781860499265
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 27,721
I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues ...At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one's ever asked them before.' Eve Ensler A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Hailed as the bible for a new generation of women, it has been performed in cities and colleges throughout the world, and has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement -- V-Day -- to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's award-winning masterpiece gives voice to real women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.
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Eve Ensler is the author of several plays. She is working on a new book and play, THE GOOD BODY. Ensler received a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting. She lives in New York City with her partner, Ariel Orr Jordan.
Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply poignant INDEPENDENT A million women can't be wrong - it IS good! Jonathan Myserson Fascinating ... I suggest you read it aloud on the Central Line and really wake people up TIME OUT Filled with generous energy and delight THE TIMES Women have entrusted Eve with their most intimate experiences, from sex to birthing...I think readers, men as well as women, will emerge from these pages feeling more free within themselves - and about each other -- Gloria Steinem Eve Ensler is the Pied Piper. She is leading women and the world to a different consciousness of the essence of women -- Gillian Anderson Both a celebration of women's sexuality and a condemnation of its violation -- New York Times Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving...it is both a work of art and an incisive piece of cultural history, a poem and a polemic, a performance and a balm and a benediction -- Variety
Initially you might approach this book with a little squeamishness or trepidation. But these stories, which have been performed on stage worldwide, celebrate womens sexuality in a clever and shocking way. The vagina is the Bermuda Triangle of the body; it never sounds like a word you want to say and it exists in a darkness both cultural and personal. Ensler interviewed women from all backgrounds and ages asking them to give their vaginas a voice. She asked quirky off-beat questions: what would your vagina wear if it got dressed? Answers: a beret, a costume eye-mask, lace and cowboy boots. 'If it could talk, what would it say in two words?' 'Yum yum', or 'lets play'. Genital mutilation, menstruation and birth are here too. Women in their 60s and 70s, who had grown up in times less open about bodily matters, told sad stories. Ensler spoke to homeless women, to women raped in Bosnia, to lesbians, to women whose sexuality was both loved and feared by men. Abuse by parents, carers and others features widely. The stories are by turns funny, shocking, poignant and tragic. The spin-off from the monologues has been a revival in feminist politics and the creation of V-day a movement to end violence against women. With a foreword by Gloria Stenheim, the monologues are already a feminist classic. Contains explicit language and graphic description. (Kirkus UK)