The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

The Vagina Monologues

I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues...At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them. Women secretly love to talk about their vaginas. They get very excited, mainly because no one's ever asked them before.

Details The Vagina Monologues

TitleThe Vagina Monologues
Release DateMay 3rd, 2001
PublisherVirago Press Ltd.
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Plays, Drama

Reviews The Vagina Monologues

  • Warwick
    My vagina is a shell, a round pink tender shell, opening and closing, closing and opening. My vagina is a flower, an eccentric tulip, the center acute and deep, the scent delicate, the petals gentle but sturdy. No it isn't. It isn't a flower, it isn't a tulip, it isn't a shell or a piece of coral or an exotic orchid. It's a tract of epithelial tissue, just like everyone else's.Don't get me wrong, vaginas are lovely – I'm a massive fan – but t...
  • Kai
    “I bet you're worried. I was worried. 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.”To be honest, I was worried as well. I didn't want to think about vaginas. I still don't want to think about vaginas (simply because I've got the gay, you know.) But it is important that we do.Thinking, reading, talking about vaginas in a feminist way, that's what I'm here fo...
  • Elle
    It's disturbingly tempting to give this book a high rating just so everyone knows that I'm a feminist (which I am) and that I'm comfortable talking about sex (you mean coitus?). And I think Ensler depends on that tendency. Because here's the thing- VM's politics may be admirable, but as theatre it's really quite bad. Also, Ensler is a self-serving egomaniac. Think about it- she could fund an endowment for female playwrights and premiere a new fem...
  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    Thank you, Secret Santa. ♥5 It May Not Be Perfect, but it’s a start! StarsI may not have grown up in a “down there” age, but I most definitely grew up in a “down there” house. I don’t remember ever having open dialogue with my mother about vaginas growing up, not once. Or maybe once, actually, when we discussed menstruation. This sign of womanhood that brought about nightmares of waking up in puddles of blood that could be hidden wi...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    LOVE. Wish this was longer.
  • Dream.m
    در ابتدا از درونگرا تشکر میکنم چون ریویوویی که روی این نمایشنامه ننوشت، باعث شد کنجکاو بشم و دانلودش کنم =)) مرسی درونگرا🍎.اما بعد...اسم کتاب کاملا گویاست . صحبتها و درددل های عده ای زن راجع به اندام جنسیشونه . تعدادی زن این شهامت رو داشتن که درباره تج...
  • Christian McKay
    I don't understand a lot of the reviews on here. Especially the one star ones. First of all, over the vagina/vulva debate, Ensler addresses that almost first thing. She purposefully chose the more hideous word to make people uncomfortable (and eventually--hopefully--comfortable with the subject matter). The low goodreads reviews make me think those people didn't actually read the play. Maybe they just saw a sub-par production that didn't have all...
  • Anthony Vacca
    I don't really see the need for the stances of overwhelming crassness many of the reviews take against this book here on the GR. Is Ensler's collection of performance pieces the final word on feminist ideology? No, not at all. But is it a sincere work that approaches with humor and gravity the notion that especially men and especially women should view the female body outside of the bullshit male-centric, patriarchal perception that many people s...
  • Dixie Diamond
    "I did not see my vagina as my primary resource, a place of sustenance, humor and creativity."You know, I don't see it that way, either. I thought the source of all that was my brain.I must not have been abused enough as a girl, because I always feel like vagina-centric art projects like this reduce me to a piece of anatomy just as much as does the alleged male fantasy of big boobs and miles of leg.Which is not to say that there weren't/aren't so...
  • Shannon
    There's a lot to critique about this - but I really don't feel like getting into it. I will say this, though: Eve Ensler doesn't know what a vagina is. If you're unclear: a vagina is "the passage leading from the uterus to the vulva in certain female mammals". Everyone in this play says "vagina" when they really usually mean "vulva". I'm not being oddly specific, they are completely different parts of the anatomy. COME ON. Vulva is a prettier wor...
  • Aaron
    While I don't necessarily disagree with Ensler's thesis, or the help the project has provided to various women's charities, the whole thing, as a literary or dramatic work, is very problematic. Anything more honest than a fawning critique reveals how shallow the whole thing is; there's hypocrisy, repetitive symbolism and metaphors, a heaping of that empty sort of communal feminism that makes everyone feel good but doesn't actually change anything...
  • Pourya Safari
    "I have a Dream"رویایی که در آینده روزی در این کشور نمایشنامه هایی با این محوریت در دانشگاه هایمان اجرا میشود(این صرفا یک رویا است و میدانم تا تحقق آن قرنها فاصله داریم) و کتابهایی تخصصی و آکادمیک و علمی در باب آموزش و بهداشت مسائل جنسی تدریس میشوند ،کودکان...
  • Juliana Zapata
    Una recopilación increíble de testimonios sobre todo tipo de violencia y abuso a los que hemos sido sometidas mujeres de todo el mundo.Reseña:
  • Poonam
    3.5 starsThis is my Book Of the Month- January- February 2017, with GR group- Our Shared Shelf.I really did not know what to expect when starting this book and just thought, What kind of title is that?- The Vagina Monologues... But after reading this book it make's sense. I don't think any other title would have been as fitting as this one for the content of the book.This book basically deals with topics that women shy away from talking about to ...
  • Beth
    When I was in eighth grade health class, the teacher handed out diagrams of male and female genitalia with lines pointing to the different parts and told us to memorize the names of the parts for a test at the end of the week. After our tests had been graded, the teacher admitted that she’d analyzed the results for boys vs. girls and found some interesting discrepancies. Not terribly surprising, most boys and girls scored the highest when ident...
  • Padme
    حس ناخوشایندیه. مُمُسی و دودول که میگی، خیلی آدم شیرین و شوخی هستی، اسامی کافدار رو که به کار میبری، به غایت حالت هرزه و نااهلی داری. حد وسط کجاست؟ حد وسط رو کی دزدیده؟ کی؟ مو طحال زانو باسن...فرج؟ مذکرش چیه؟ اینا عربی نیست؟ آره خوب عروق هم آره، اما رگ ...
  • Nikki
    I've been meaning to read or see The Vagina Monologues for a long time. Someone was talking about it, as people often do, and I realised it was available on the Kindle store, so I got it.It's a very quick read. It's not an easy read. There's discussion of self-loathing, of embarrassment and shame, of sexual assault and violence against women, of statutory rape. It might also not be easy for you if you can't read the word 'vagina' without getting ...
  • Anuradha
    POPSugar Reading Challenge: #12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read, the genre being non-fiction.We did parts of The Vagina Monologues as, well, for lack of a better word, plays for various events in college; this was my introduction to Of course, because performing the whole thing would be too time consuming, we only performed bits of it. I vividly remember In Memory of her Face; I wasn't in it, but I watched it, an...
  • Petra Eggs
    The book itself is very short and because of that several introductions and a afterwords have been included to pad it out. First there is the extremely long introduction by the author which was partly about how the book was written and partly history and what has happened since the Vagina Monologues was created. Then there is a another extremely long (but much better written and more interesting) introduction by the fabulous Gloria Steinem tellin...
  • Lucy Langford
    "I was worried about my own vagina. It needed a context of other vaginas... there's so much secrecy surrounding them- like the Bermuda Triangle." This book, or rather a play, became a large political movement. The words in this book, even 20ish years after its release, feels radical to read. Eve Ensler wrote this play after her interactions with women and opening up a rather taboo subject- vaginas. Women's sexuality was a taboo subject, shrouded ...
  • Jesse James
    I have big issues with this play. It essentializes what it means to be a woman, equating femininity with a having a vagina! Not to mention endorsing racial and cultural stereotypes.
  • Sophia
    B.R.A.CE. 2019 Ένα βιβλίο που συνδυάζει 2 κατηγορίες του B.R.A.CE 2019Αναλυτικά:Νο 23: Ένα βιβλίο που ντρέπεσαι να διαβάσεις σε δημόσιους χώρουςΝο 26: Ένα βιβλίο που μπορείς να τελειώσεις σε μία μέραΓια το μήνυμα που περνάει. "Αιδοίο" [...] Το λέω γιατί ό,τι δεν λέμ...
  • Virginia
    I have such conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand, I appreciate it for saying out loud some things that haven't been really accepted by society.On the other hand, Eve Ensler is a self-promoting, self-satisfied twit.
  • Annie♡
    Me gusta cómo trata la idea de que hombres y mujeres deberían ver el cuerpo femenino fuera de la percepción machista. No lo considero el mejor manifiesto feminista, pero sí que muestra cómo hacer que las mujeres se sientan cómodas con su sexualidad y encuentren formas de superar y prevenir la violencia de género.
  • Amir Latifi
    جسارت کتاب در پرداختن به چیزهایی که «شرمآور» تلقی میشوند و به انحاء و درجات مختلف قربانی میگیرند، ستودنیست. موضوع کتاب روان و بدن نیمی از انسانهاست. محتوای کتاب میتوانست با حفظ همین میزان از سادگی و بیآلایشی و همین واژگان پختهتر باشد. جسارت کتاب در...
  • Sara
    "the vagina monologues" began ambitiously, as the author, eve ensler, interviewed hundreds of women from all around the globe about their vaginas-- something most of us don't spend much time talking about!-- but i don't think even ensler could ever have predicted the impact it would have on the world. "the vagina monologues" turned into v-day, one of the most important worldwide events, consistently raising awareness and money to work to end viol...
  • Chris
    I’m coming late to this party, I have to admit. And for my, the defining feminist changes my outlook and gripped book is Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. Still, you have to be a complete idiot to not see the power in this play (or performance piece). Considering that women’s sexuality is in many ways still owned/controlled by men, this book is still timely. Don’t believe that first part. What is the term for an older man who dates a younger wo...
  • Goldberg
    There is something very powerful and liberating in this book, something that will make you cry. But also something that will worry you. When did we lose our feminine half? How did it happen? In the primitive societies, women had immense power. In a society where a bolt of lightning was considered magic, the ability to give birth (still magic today) was regarded with astonishment, and subsequently, women had something unique and magical that gave ...
  • Ylenia
    *3.5 stars*Originally I was going to count this for my 52 books challenge as "a book you're embarrassed to read in public". As this book taught me, though, I shouldn't be embarrassed of my own vagina.This one was a super fast read, I finished it in one sitting, but if you don't want to read the full book at least please check out these two monologues:They Beat the Girl out of my Boy…Or so They Tried;Say It (written for the "Confort Women", I ca...
  • Debbie
    I have read this before, but I listened to it on audio today and the live version is definitely the best. At times hilarious, brutal, disconcerting, and poignant - The Vagina Monologues is the result of interviews with over 200 women. If the idea of a woman's sexuality makes you uncomfortable, then you definitely need to challenge yourself and come to terms with the vagina. It's not going to disappear just because we are afraid to talk about it. ...