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4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
The Vagina Monologues
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on 31 May 2007
Wow I absolutely love this play ! I'm planning to direct it and it gives men and women and insight on women like never before, for those of you that think it's anti male, your wrong ! its about the respect a woman should have for her body and men for women, as eve ensler says it's the "power of saying the unsayable", so what are you afraid of ?
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on 25 October 1998
My first reaction to this book which I selected at my local library after a messy day on the job pouring concrete was that I wanted to write a sequel and title it "the cock chronicles". As I sat alone though in my dirty-interiored pick-up truck resting my sore body I was touched in many ways by the books sensitivity not just to womans feelings, but to humanities. I do confess to being an occassional watcher of pornography because my attention span is sometimes thus that anything that appears before me requires my immediate involvement. But as I am now advancing in my job, I have turned to watching home improvement videos rather than porn. It has the same hands on appeal and as I age I find it will serve me more in the future. Now as I used to want to be a professional actor and now have transferred this wanabeism to banging nails in residential contruction, I occasionally yearn to hear my golden voice. Enough beating around the bush: my cynicism faded away as I read story after story by women about there experiences. Certainly, I was aroused at points. I yearned for a better understanding of woman and how I could learn to be more sensitive as a man. For me, this book is more worthwhile than joining some men's organization, be it religious or civic, that poses the idea that men getting together is for the purpose of serving woman. I love art. I love peoples honest feelings. I do like to be challenged. I admit that often I am quite obsessed sexually. I do still cat call woman but it is because I believe that I can serve them. It is in my nature. Finally, a book comes out that puts me in my place. That is what everyman really wants: to be put in his place by a woman. As this year winds down I can honestly say that the Vagina book was the first book that I read all year. It has wet my taste for reading again that has been dormant. I am now reading all sorts of books. I think it is an excellent book to give as a gift. To a man or a woman, this book is appropriate. Even if the person laughs at first, that is a fine response. As the holidays approach I will tell all my colleagues on the job to get this book for their woman, girlfriend, girl you are trying to hit on, wife, sister, sister-in-law. I am now set to pen my lifetime story: the Cock Chronicles.
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on 13 November 2013
this was such an infamous book/performance that I thought I had better find out what the fuss was all about. I liked the human stories, but found myself cringing a bit at 'if your vagina could talk, what would it say?' and several other similar suggestions. Perhaps this is the purpose of the book? Not for me.
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on 24 September 2013
I wanted a book that would tell me about myself as a woman. I wanted something that would celebrate me as a woman from a woman's perspective. I feel celebrated, I feel excited by what I am and what I can give. Sounds ridiculous but I feel like it's given me a voice. Made me feel stronger.
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on 12 September 2015
A heady mix of harrowing, sad and comical stories. So touching at times when I found myself relating to these ladies stories and at other times I was disturbed finding that I felt grateful that nothing as bad had happened to me.
Brave stories to tell, and brave to write about them.
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on 30 November 2010
I got this book because I saw the show live on stage and loved it. I thought it'd be good to read more stories, but didn't realise that pretty much all of the stories in the book were read out in the stage production which makes it a little less interesting. Still a great book.
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on 10 April 2014
I had read the reviews of the play and was looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations. I guess it just can't substitute the pleasure of seeing it performed on stage. I wouldn't reccomend it.
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on 11 December 2015
I've wanted to see this since forever, but never did, so eventually decided I would buy it to read instead. It fell rather flat, maybe its power comes from the performance, or maybe I was just 20 years too late. Damn.
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on 13 May 2004
I decided to read this book after I had seen it online and thought it looked like it would be quite an interesting read. It definitely was. It really does change the way you look at things and really wants you to think that you can make a difference especially about stopping violence against women. I think after reading this, you realise so much that you hadnt before. Definitely worth the read.
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on 28 June 2010
A brilliant book for those with a bit of feminist strength and determination within them (and for other feminine internal bits too!) Very well written/acted, hilarious, and a bit revelationary. :) x
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