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Eve Ensler has waited for an apology from her father for most of her life. But it was a fantasy, of course. He adored my apologising; it was the proof that everything he said about me was right.
Art by Ben Thomason and Ashley Goodall. The Vagina Monologues has a certain retro 90s appeal. The play that empowered suburban moms across America and beyond is two decades old now, and its earnest feminism feels dated in a loveable Phoebe-from- Friends kind of way.
Vagina reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. The piece was born when playwright Ensler realized that her work, mostly about women, was missing a physiological connection. I wanted to know about what women were feeling about their vaginas.
The play explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, sex workand several other topics through the eyes of women with various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the play "probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade. When she left the play, it was recast with three celebrity monologists.
Ina play called The Vagina Monologueswritten by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that The Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.