This week I finally got to read Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues for @oursharedshelf - a relatively short and essential feminist text.
Each piece draws on a person, an interview, or a collection of discussions all around the world, on everything from body-hair to childbirth to assault. Note that they are written for the purpose of performance - some are pretty much exact conversations; some bleed into poetry; some are almost surreal and spiritual, like an account of a religious experience. All are wonderfully blunt, powerful, and highly passionate - Ensler quite rightly refuses to back down from anything.
If the style doesn't sit right with you, you must still acknowledge that, above all, these are real stories; these things have happened to real people all over the world, they continue to happen, and they have also inspired amazing calls to activism and whole new ways of thinking.
Read the book, then check out www.vday.org to find out more.
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