February 6, 2023


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Review Essay on ‘Vagina Monologues’ by Eve Ensler

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Janhvi’s essay on Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler shares how this political writing explores the lives of multiple women through their stories of sexual experiences and observes that the emphasizes is not the experience, but rather the inexperience of women and their sexuality.

It’s 2021 and studying in an all-women’s college, I can assure that not everyone admitted as a girl-student considers themselves a Woman. With them, also exist women who don’t bleed; exist women who aren’t ‘lady’ enough; exist the people trapped in the label of being a woman.

Things may not have differed three decades ago on women and their sexuality except for the change in evidence of revolutionary women artists emerging and granting us with their art. In 1996, Eve Ensler, an American Playwright brought revolution by writing non fictitious monologues on the sexuality of women. Each year, she revised the draft by adding more perspectives and experiences of women from diversified backgrounds and till now since the first draft, she has interviewed more than 200 women to represent the relationship of women with and around their bodies through sex, body image, menstruation, queerness, disability and consent. They are The Vagina Monologues.

Until now in history, art has been separated from the artist when we talk about Presley, Chaplin or even sportspersons like Ronaldo for their allegation and lifestyle. However, this separation is ignored and then attacked when the genders are reversed as it would for any woman artist. We live in a world where even the word ‘feminist’ is considered as ‘angry women hating men.’

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