I know I promised we'd talk about Eve Ensler. And we are, just not about The Good Body. I realized maybe we should just talk about her most famous play first and the movement it begat.
Tomorrow is V-Day. And it’s also Valentine’s Day. Same thing? Nope. V-Day is more serious, depressing but also more powerful and meaningful than Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 1998 Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, started this grassroots organization to stop violence against women all over the world. It raises awareness and funds to support amazing activists who work to end rape, battery, sex slavery, genital mutilations, etc. See? Much more impacting than a box of chocolates and a cute teddy bear. And you don't have to be in a relationship to care about it. (Don't get me wrong, I still love Valentine's Day, and I still want roses like these ones Jarrod gave me.)
One way to raise awareness is to host or attend a V-Day event, most commonly a performance of The Vagina Monologues. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues. This play is a series of monologues celebrating women's hardships and strength in them. Some of them concern many women’s insecurities about that body part; some of them bring up darker, more serious issues of violence and abuse. Eve Ensler says she wrote the play because she was “worried about vaginas”. She was “worried about the shame associated with vaginas” and “what was happening to vaginas”. This play is uncomfortable. It will gross you out. It will make you sad. It will scare you. You will feel something. And it's something you need to feel.
Happy V-Day, guys.