The book kept popping up on my goodreads feed. People were commenting how much it impacted them, how fantastic it is and the like.
Before this, I heard about The Vagina Monologues, in an almost mythical way, as one of the key artistic pieces of feminism. It sounded powerful. It sounded intense. It sounded intimidating.
I dedicated this year to reading more feminist books to learn about issues talked about all the time, issues never talked about and subjects that society has told us to be uncomfortable about. I wanted to hear opinions that align with my own and opinions that differ.
I wanted to understand feminism, women’s rights and what it means to be a woman today in the most wholistic sense possible.
The Vagina Monologues, or what I’ve heard of it at least, made me uncomfortable.
It was exactly what I was looking for.
I started the book on a lazy Sunday. Lounging around the house, elastic waistband clothes on, no makeup, smoothie in hand, sun streaming through the windows.
I finished it that day.
I. Loved. It.
Yes, it can be intense. Yes, it can be intimidating. Yes, it certainly is powerful.
The monologues range from funny to heart breaking. From young girls to older women. From women of sexual assault to women giving birth.
I think the mythical feature that I talked about earlier comes from the fact that the play (Ensler toured around the country performing the play and it soon became a massive political movement) uses the word “vagina” on every page, multiple times. Not to mention it’s printed in large bold letters on the cover.
Vagina is a word that people don’t use. It almost feels taboo. Even more, people don’t talk about vaginas. It can be seen as shameful to do so. In response, Enlser began interviewing women about theirs and it soon became a revolution.
The monologues then went on to inspire the V-Day Movement to stop violence against women. If you get a newer copy of the play, there’s tons of information about it in the back.
Honestly, I loved the Vagina Monologues. It’s a book that I think is so incredibly important and I would highly recommend it to everyone – both men and women.
I’m a big believer that discussing topics like this is the first step in bringing about change and, believe me, there’s no shortage of topics to discuss in The Vagina Monologues.
Have you read TVM yet? What did you think and what was your favorite Monologue?