The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition

The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition

Eve Ensler

Language: English

Pages: 224


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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. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Eve Ensler gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery.

Celebrated as the bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. It has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement—V-Day—to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to 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.

Included in this special edition are testimonials—both joyous and heartbreaking—from young women who have performed The Vagina Monologues at their colleges for V-Day, February 14, to raise money for organizations fighting to protect women.

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smiled and stared and groaned. He got breathy and his face changed. He didn’t look ordinary anymore. He looked like a hungry, beautiful beast. “You’re so beautiful,” he said. “You’re elegant and deep and innocent and wild.” “You saw that there?” I said. It was like he read my palm. “I saw that,” he said, “and more—much, much more.” He stayed looking for almost an hour, as if he were studying a map, observing the moon, staring into my eyes, but it was my vagina. In the light, I watched him

frogs, some of whom were waiting for their own names. “Froggie Doodle Mashy Pie.” Then there would be singing, usually the name repeated over and over, joined by the other frogs. (make up a song) “Froggie Doodle Mashy Pie. Froggie Doodle Mashy Pie.” This would happen with dancing. I would line the froggies up and dance in and out of them, hopping like a frog and making general frog noises, always holding the newly christened frog in my hands or arms, depending on the size. It was an exhausting

me to take it seriously and helped me conceive the piece and make a plan. But even then, to some degree, The Vagina Monologues has never really been any of my business. I show up. I exercise to stay in shape. I drink plenty of power mocha cappuccinos. I try to stay out of the way. Here, for example, are some of the mysteries: I was never a performer. It did not occur to me that I was actually performing The Vagina Monologues until I had been doing it for about three years. Before this point, I

granddaughter, Coco, for birth. Finally, I want to thank my partner, Ariel Orr Jordan, who co-conceived this piece with me, whose kindness and tenderness were a salve, were the beginning. Many more people have become involved in The Vagina Monologues since the original publication of the book. Thank you to Joy de Menil for her insightful, passionate, and careful work on this edition, and for pushing me to write more. I want to thank George Lane for his tenderness, his advocacy, and for

lives in New York City with her partner, Ariel Orr Jordan. ALSO BY EVE ENSLER Necessary Targets: A Story of Women and War Copyright © 1998, 2001 by Eve Ensler Foreword © 1998 by Gloria Steinem “The Story of V-Day” copyright © 2001 by Karen Obel All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by Villard Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. VILLARD BOOKS is a registered trademark of Random House,

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