Eve Ensler for President

Given that I’m a Wes graduate, perhaps I’m a little late on the uptake as far as this stuff is concered. Nonetheless, I went to see Eve Ensler speak tonight at The New School, the progressive university in Greenwhich Village.

So she’s not an intellectual…but outside of academia I’ve never heard someone talk so forcefully about the thick, interconnected, many-sided nature of oppression in every day life.

I mean she drew the structural connections between the patriarchy, genocide, capitalism, the ritual removal of the clitoris, the war in Iraq, and the climate change catastrophe. According to her, the cultural attitudes that permit violence against women are the same ones which generate racism, class-ism, the gender binary, and war.

She’s not Ghandi…but I’ve never heard a more forceful argument for nonviolence.
Basically, I can’t remember the last time I was so inspired. Here’s a vid of Ms. Ensler:

“The Vagina Monologues” and its language of empowerment for women has given rise to a new iteration of global feminist power called V-Day, something which I’m sure most people have heard about by now. What’s cool about it is the truly transnational form it has taken, emerging through networks of information rather than bureaucratic top down configuration. Women all over the world, even in the most doggedly rigid cultural environments, have spoken up against the vicious and largely unreported violence against women that takes place every day. Raising awareness and building solidarity are the first steps to real, structural change, and I’m excited to be a part of it in whatever way possible.

Yay vaginas!

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