Today we celebrate body activist and female advocate extraordinaire, Eve Ensler.
Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, THE GOOD BODY, INSECURE AT LAST, and I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising.
Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. THE APOLOGY, written by Eve from her father’s point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future.
Praise for THE APOLOGY:
“Much as THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES made space for people to talk about female sexuality, this book will transform our collective understanding of what an apology for sexual violence can and should be, and how maybe it’s more important for survivors to write the script; necessary reading for all.“–Library Journal, starred review
“Ensler’s transfixing, appalling, revelatory, and cathartic performance deepens her mission of transmuting her pain into clarion stories that engender understanding, openness, healing, and liberation.”–Booklist, starred review
Also from Eve Ensler:
IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection
Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body–a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler’s IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world. “Fierce, frank, raw and profoundly moving.”–Kirkus Reviews