I say: I have heard talk of The Vagina Monologues for years, but never felt compelled to go see it/them live. However, when I saw this at the book store I thought I may as well buy it and see what all the fuss was about.
What it is is Ensler describing how she came to write The Vagina Monologues; anecdotes from the road, as well as transcripts from conversations that she’s had with women about their vaginas. There is some really interesting information in here, inspirational stories, as well as some random silliness.
Like the questions “If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?” and “If your vagina could talk, what would it say, in two words?”
It was obvious to me while reading this that I was perhaps a tad too old for this, or too aware of the – my – female body; I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it had been given to me to read in my teens, when a lot of things vagina related were curious and a bit of a novelty. Either way, it was nice to read vagina facts like this one:
“In some places, Africans seem to have been quietly putting an end to the tradition of genital cutting. In Guinea, for instance, Aja Tounkara Diallo Fatimata, the chief “cutter” in the capital, Conakry, used to be reviled by Western humanitarian groups. Then a few years ago, she confessed that she had never actually cut anybody. “I’d just cinch their clitorises to make them scream,” she said, “and tightly bandage them up so that they walked as though they were in pain.” – p 91
I can't say that I'd be interested in seeing this live, but it was nice enough read.