Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, The Vagina Monologues 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. It is witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise. "At first women were reluctant to talk," Ensler writes. "They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them."
Eve Ensler -- Obie Award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues and Necessary Targets --initiated V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women.
"I say vagina because I want people to respond," says playwright Eve Ensler, creator of the hilarious, disturbing soliloquies in The Vagina Monologues, a book based on her one-woman play. And respond they do--with horror, anger, censure, and sparks of wonder and pleasure. Ensler is on a fervent mission to elevate and celebrate this much mumbled-about body part.
"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 them-selves
-- and about each other."
"Eve Ensler is the Pied Piper. She is leading women and the world
to a different consciousness of the essence of women."
"I feel my life has changed. You don't just hook up with Eve, you
become part of her crusade. There's a corps of us who are Eve's
"The monologues are part of Eve Ensler's crusade to wipe out the
shame and embarrassment that many women still associate with
their bodies or their sexuality. They are both a celebration of
women's sexuality and a condemnation of its violation."
--The New York Times
"Spellbinding, funny, and almost unbearably moving. . . . Written
with a bluntness that is nevertheless intensely lyrical, 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."
"Frank, humorous and moving . . . a compelling rhapsody of the
female essence. Ultimately, Ensler achieves something
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