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The World - People & Culture - Eve Ensler & The Vagina Monologues
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One out of every three women on this planet will be beaten or raped in her lifetime (UN statistics)

...when we give in the world what we want the most, we heal the broken part inside each of us. And I feel in the last 8 years, that this journey, this miraculous Vagina Journey, has taught me this really simple thing -- which is, that happiness exists in action, it exists in telling the truth and saying what your truth is, and it exists in giving away what you want the most. And I feel that knowledge and that journey has been an extraordinary priviledge...

Eve Ensler external link interviewed over 200 women about their vaginas. She put down all that information in Monologues and then different of these monologues were selected by different people in the world to set up shows. In the audiovisual below, Eve Ensler starts with the classical beginning of all of these shows, and then tells us the story of why she started interviewing women and what it all led to. and then tells us the story of how all of this started and what it has evolved into.

Watch the audiovisual Watch and Listen! external link * Below, you can find the audio version too.

We need to listen to women, as a species, because for centuries we haven't. We need to listen and to take into account what they say, to use it, as they do, to improve our societies, to overcome injustice and violence in the world. Listening to women, a traditionally oppressed group, teaches us that acknowledging a problem doesn't lead you to revenge, to killing the oppressor. Women are starting to ask to be respected as human beings, and they're not asking for men to be sentenced to death for the crimes they have committed against them. This is a completely new way of approaching social change - a constructive approach to making our societies more civilized.

Related Links: The Talking People Pages on The Vagina Monologues...

point Listening Comprehension exercises at our section Resources - Exercises - Listening Comprehension
point YouTube Videos - The Vagina Monologues at our section The World - People & Culture - YouTube
point Scripts - The Vagina Monologues at our section Library - Scripts
point Discussion: TP Forums

More info...
Eve Ensler criticizes the Bush administration and its aggressive foreign policies

The Vagina Monologues (wikipedia) external link
V-Day external link
Violence Against Women Statistics external link - some of the best resources