I was looking at a high school media center webpage when I saw this video:
I read I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler after participating for a third year in a local production of â€œThe Vagina Monologues.â€ If you are not familiar with the show, it was written by Eve in 1994 after she interviewed hundreds of women about their vaginas; the monologues are based on those interviews. The popularity of the show led Eve to found V-Day, an organization that works to end violence against women. Each year, in February, March, and April, groups around the world perform the piece and raise money through ticket and merchandise sales for V-Day and local domestic violence groups.
Each year, Eve Ensler includes a “Spotlight” monologue focusing on a specific group of women or a specific issue. The 2010 Spotlight monologue, “A Teenage Girl’s Guide to Sex Slavery,” is included in I Am An Emotional Creature. Fans of Patricia McCormick’s Sold, one of YALSA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults, will appreciate the harsh reality and raw emotion of the monologue and others about young girls around the world.
Although young women can participate in The Vagina Monologues and V-Day.org, the collection of monologues in I Am An Emotional Creature are written just for them. Eve has also founded a sister organization, V-Girls (www.v-girls.org) that is just for them; the site offers a blog and information about how young women are embracing the monologues and making changes in their lives and communities. There are Facebook groups and tweets, as well as book clubs, videos, and links. There is even an academic curriculum link to further educate all students about violence against women and girls.
Beyond all of the information, there are the monologues. They are beautiful, poetic, honest, raw, and truthful. They long to be read aloud, discussed with friends, debated over dinner. Eve’s stories encourage readers to share their own stories, hopefully realizing that no girl is alone in her feelings, desires, ideals, hopes, and dreams.
I Am An Emotional Creature is an opportunity to envision a future where violence against women and girls will no longer be tolerated.
Casey O’Leary – waiting to read How I Paid For College: a novel of sex, theft, friendship, and musical theater by Marc Acito. Can’t wait!