Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.67 in
Published: December 5, 2000
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0375756981
ISBN - 13: 9780375756986
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 I bet you''re worried. I was worried. That''s why I began this piece. I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don''t think about them. I was worried about my own vagina. It needed a context of other vaginas-a community, a culture of vaginas. There''s so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them-like the Bermuda Triangle. Nobody ever reports back from there. In the first place, it''s not so easy even to find your vagina. Women go weeks, months, sometimes years without looking at it. I interviewed a high-powered businesswoman who told me she was too busy; she didn''t have the time. Looking at your vagina, she said, is a full day''s work. You have to get down there on your back in front of a mirror that''s standing on its own, full-length preferred. You''ve got to get in the perfect position, with the perfect light, which then is shadowed somehow by the mirror and the angle you''re at. You get all twisted up. You''re arching your head up, killing your back. You''re exhausted by then. She said she didn''t have the time for that. She was busy. So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to older women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American
From the Publisher
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 all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and 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 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.
From the Jacket
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 all across America and at hundreds of college campuses, and 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 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.
About the Author
EVE ENSLER is an award-winning playwright, poet, activist, and screenwriter whose many works for the stage include The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary Measures, Lemonade, Ladies, and, most recently, Necessary Targets, which was performed on Broadway to benefit Bos-nian women refugees. She has presented her off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues (winner of the 1997 Obie Award) at theaters and universities around the United States, as well as in Jerusalem, London, and Zagreb. She is currently writing a screenplay on women in prison for Glenn Close at Miramax and a new play for the Music Theater Group. An in-structor in the graduate Dramatic Writing Pro-gram at New York University, she lives in New York City with her partner, Ariel Orr Jordan.
From Our Editors
Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that's rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we've never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who reads The Vagina Monologues will ever look at a woman's body the same way again
"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
"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
"Often wrenching, frequently riotous. . . . Ensler is an impassioned wit." —Los Angeles Times
"A compelling rhapsody of the female essence. . . . Ultimately Ensler achieves something extraordinary."         —Chicago Tribune
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