The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (yeah...I went there)
Summary: 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, Even Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no on who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. (taken from book jacket)
First line: "I bet you're worried."
My Critique: I'm not usually a big fan of non-fiction but a week ago I was working the Circulation desk at the library when this book came through the return box. It caught my eye because I remember hearing all about the performances of this on Broadway but I didn't really know anything about it. I'll admit that sometimes I want to read books simply because I'm curious...I have an intellectual interest in them...discovering what they're all about. That was the case with this book. I checked it out not knowing anything about it (and to be honest, I didn't even realize until then that it was a work of non-fiction). I had judged this book to be silly, absurd, even vulgar and obscene...and that's without ever having read a word. Why do we tend to do that? Human nature I suppose. Anyway, I checked it out and began to read. It's a very quick read. I will say I was pleasently surprised. Does it talk about sex? Sure...it's a book about vagina stories after all. But it also talks about other stuff--female casturation, rape, shame... These are powerful stories and I must say that I am glad I read this book--from an intellectual point-of-view if for nothing else. I will say though, that this book has a very overt tone of feminism which to me gets old but the stories behind the book--the stories that inspired the whole project--are what kept me reading. I love studying people--societies and culture--and this book offers a glimpse into a subject that is still taboo in today's liberated world. Definitely recommend you read it but just be forewarned if you're easily offended you probably won't like it.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, The Vagina Monologues, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...