Saturday, June 12, 2010

V Day

Even though I have been so tired lately that I have thrown in the intellectual towel, putting that ambitious book list aside opting instead for zoning out by watching episode after episode of Seinfeld, I did manage to find a book that has sparked my interest, even after 8:00 p.m.

The book is titled I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler and it is really interesting. It reads like a journal, but it is actually fiction. After Ensler's celebrated The Vagina Monologues became a sensation, she went traveling the world again meeting with young girls from all walks of life. I haven't finished her book yet, but it is an engaging read because she gives voice to so many silenced and voiceless girls in countries around the globe, including the U.S.

Ensler celebrates women's sexuality and condemns its violation*. Her message to stop violence against women and to encourage women and young girls to embrace who they are as emotional creatures is admirable, moving and crucial.

I came across Ensler on a Ted Talk, 20 minutes of video I highly recommend checking out. The passion and humor she brings to the table was engaging and inspiring. She speaks candidly about the ways in which so many women are viewed and treated. I was so captured by her presence that I bought the book not only because I am a woman but because I come into contact with so many young, impressionable girls as a part of my job. She covers many topics in the book, but they are all connected by the plight of being a young female in today's world. It transcends culture, even though parts of the book are culturally specific.

I wish that all young girls and mothers and fathers of young girls would read this book because it is important.

Check out Eve's work. She is a cool chick for sure.

*paraphrased from the book review

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