‘The Vagina Monologues’ – A Review


Why am I starting a book review with the same word thrice, you ask? Simple. That’s the one word that has been repeated in this book more than other. If you are one of those people who retreats in mortification when you hear that word, this your cue. Oh wait, no. On second thoughts, hold
on. This is actually the book for you.

Eve Ensler, herself a survivor of sexual abuse, has dedicated her life to fighting sexual violence against women. In all its forms – Rape, assault, domestic violence, body-shaming, defilement, incest,
femicide, genital mutilation etc.
How does she do that? She has conversations with women about themselves. About their sexuality
and vaginas. About their womanly experiences.

Indeed, as Gloria Steinem notes in her foreword, Vagina Monologues goes beyond purging a past full of negative attitudes.

Being the playwright that she is, she sets up plays to tell a positive story. This book is an encapsulation of those conversations. It has since been published in over twenty countries across five continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and America.

It has birthed V-day. A movement to end violence against women. A spirit
affirming that life should be lived creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from
terrible atrocities. In its first three years of existence, V-Day had raised and donated more than a million dollars to grassroots organizations that fight violence against women worldwide.

The Vagina Monologues is a book that celebrates women, women’s health, women’s sexuality and
women empowerment.


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