I was listening to On Being podcast by Krista Tippett when I heard her interview with Eve Ensler author of The Vagina Monologues. I hadn’t read the book but after that interview I immediately looked for the book and read it in less than a day. I knew I had to read it.
This is a book all women need to read and reread and TALK ABOUT IT OPENLY. This is not just a women’s empowerment book but it’s about creating awareness on violence against women. It’s about making women have a voice in society. About women not feeling like second class citizen but speaking their rights out because our voices matter, because we matter.
That we should no longer be afraid to say it like it is no matter what we are referring to especially our bodies which we should embrace and love always. Let’s speak in pride when we talk about our vaginas, how we feel and by doing this, we create an environment where we enlighten girls and women on what is acceptable and what isn’t and what steps to take.
The Vagina Monologue is an education of the women by women to embrace womanhood and stand up for ourselves and other women. We hear stories everyday of Violence and Sexual Abuse on our women, girls who get their periods and have no clue on what it is or what to do, women suffering and going through years of pain due to menstruation issues. Why? Because we don’t talk about women’s issues as we should, we don’t prioritise the women’s reproductive education. We taboo talking about out Vaginas, Clitoris and we don’t express our sexual needs. We have been brought up to believe our needs are secondary. NOT ANYMORE.
Let’s read these two extracts from The Vagina Monologues
In the nineteenth century, girls who learned to develop orgasmic capacity by masturbation were regarded as medical problems. Often they were “treated” or “corrected” by amputation or cautery of the clitoris or “miniature chastity belts,” sewing the vaginal lips together to put the clitoris out of reach, and even castration by surgical removal of the ovaries. But there are no references in the medical literature to the surgical removal of testicles or amputation of the penis to stop masturbation in boys.
In the United States, the last recorded clitoridectomy for curing masturbation was performed in 1948
—on a five-year-old girl.
—The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
Genital mutilation has been inflicted on 80 [million] to 100 million girls and young women. In countries where it is practiced, mostly African, about 2 million youngsters a year can expect the knife —or the razor or a glass shard—to cut their clitoris or remove it altogether, [and] to have part or all of the labia . . . sewn together with catgut or thorns.
Often the operation is prettified as “circumcision.” The African specialist Nahid Toubia puts it plain:
In a man it would range from amputation of most of the penis, to “removal of all the penis, its roots of soft tissue and part of the scrotal skin.”
Short-term results include tetanus, septicemia, hemorrhages, cuts in the urethra, bladder, vaginal walls, and anal sphincter. Long-term: chronic uterine infection, massive scars that can hinder walking for life, fistula formation, hugely increased agony and danger during childbirth, and early deaths.
—The New York Times, April 12, 1996
In both extracts, the woman’s voice has been silenced. She is but a tool not to enjoy any form of pleasure.
Reclaim your womanhood. Embrace it. Speak from and for you. If your vagina could speak, what would it say?
The Vagina Monologue is more than a book or a play. It is the birth of the V-Day, a movement, a vision, a spirit which raises money and awareness to stop violence against women. This is an organisation I would be proud to be part of ( go to http://www.vday.org/ to find more information on V-Day)
When you beat, rape, maim, mutilate, burn, bury, and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy on the planet.”
― Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues: A celebration of womanhood.