- Audio CD: 1 Seiten
- Verlag: Little, Brown Book Group; Auflage: Unabridged edition (13. Juli 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1405501588
- ISBN-13: 978-1405501583
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,8 x 1,2 x 12,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 23 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.353.460 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Vagina Monologues (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, CD, Ungekürzte Ausgabe
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"I say vagina because I want people to respond," says playwright Eve Ensler, creator of the hilarious, disturbing soliloquies in The Vagina Monologues, a book based on her one-woman play. And respond they do--with horror, anger, censure, and sparks of wonder and pleasure. Ensler is on a fervent mission to elevate and celebrate this much mumbled-about body part. She asked hundreds of women of all ages a series of questions about their vaginas (What do you call it? How would you dress it?) that prompt some wondrous answers. Standouts among the euphemisms are tamale, split knish, choochi snorcher, Gladys Siegelman--Gladys Siegelman?--and, of course, that old standby "down there." "Down there?" asks a composite character springing from several older women. "I haven't been down there since 1953. No, it had nothing to do with [American president] Eisenhower." Two of the most powerful pieces include a jagged poem stitched together from the memories of a Bosnian woman raped by soldiers and an American woman sexually abused as a child who reclaims her vagina as a place of wild joy. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Filled with generous energy and delight * THE TIMES * A million women can't be wrong - it IS good! * Jonathan Myserson * Feminist without being man-hating, entertaining without being trite, and political without being earnest * EVENING STANDARD * Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply poignant * INDEPENDENT *Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Nevertheless the book hold a special fascination for me and I liked that it's somehow a different kind of book.
Another confession: I didn't get the message of the book right away. And there are still parts I just don't understand. Not because I'm not a native English speaker but because they didn't appeal to me. Sometimes the 'creativity' of the text confused a lot (e.g. putting different facts and opinions together without further differentiation).
And I don't know if it's just me but I never quite thought that much about vaginas in the first place and actually I still don't see a reason to do it. Might be I'm not 'there' yet and it needs another couple of days or weeks of processing. Anyways, I think I do understand why this book is so important for women worldwide. The following movement and the commitment are impressive as is the community.
My favorite part is the one about the Bosnian women/rape and genital mutilation. Those parts were so vividly written I couldn't help but flinch.
Moreover there was this paragraph about appropriateness that really made me think a lot about cliches and so called standards. What is appropriate? What does appropriate actually mean? Who decides?
Something else I liked about the book are the instructive facts about history etc. that again proved me right that mankind is cruel. How can one species call itself superior and simultaneously be that self-destructive, irrational and harmful to one another?
Maybe the most insightful criticism of "The Vagina Monologues" was made by an ex-lawyer-now-domina-for-women whom Ensler quotes. The ex-lawyer said that she felt that she hadn't recognized herself in Ensler's monologue based on an interview with her; she felt that Ensler's play had created a distance to the vagina and not captured the spirit. I think this criticism applies to most of Ensler's monologues.
Right from the start of her play, Ensler sets out to envelop the vagina in the gobbledygook of female mysticism. Her interviews start with the question what the interviewee's vagina would want to dress in. So right from the outset of her mission, Ensler shows a tendency to veil the blunt reality of the vagina with metaphors and similes. She creates distance even in her performance: Her contorted rendition of the word "c*nt" in the hysterical singsong of a medieval mystic is embarrassing to listen to - why can't she just say the word (as Glenn Close apparently did)? Or do we catch a glimpse of Ensler's own inhibitions here?? A hint of this enraptured singsong can also be found in her monologue on giving birth - that's one of her most unconvincing pieces. Maybe she should just have acknowledged that she hasn't given birth herself and therefore prefers to skip the topic instead of coming up with some balderdash of mystic-metaphoric clichés?
Ensler aims to create a world in which men are predominantly disruptive perpetrators of evil and women are always non-violent angels of bliss and joy. Here, however, Ensler seems to walk blindfolded into her own trap: For example, Ensler recounts the experiences of a girl who, at 9, gets raped by one of daddy's friends and, at 13, gets seduced by a gorgeous sensual successful secretary in a one-night stand and in this sexual experience finally comes to accept her vagina as a place of joy. So what would Ensler (and everyone else) have said if it had been a man and not a woman seducing the girl - wouldn't she have raised hue and cry and shouted abuse? Does Ensler's story imply that it's okay to abuse a 13-year-old sexually, as long as it's done by a gentle and sensitive woman and the victim enjoys it? What a worrisome message!
Ensler's fame does not come from the literary merit of her play (because there is none) but from the topic alone - speaking (of) the vagina. In the early nineties, this may have been radical and liberating for women, a good and necessary step. But once the audience has learned to say "vagina", what else is there in the play? My answer is: Very very little! The most interesting bits in "The Vagina Monologues" are the vagina hard facts which Ensler quotes. And of course, in line with the totalitarian feminism of the 1970s, Ensler avoids mention of the male organ and never says "p*nis". So much for speaking out and overcoming inhibitions!
So: If you want to learn to talk about vaginas, skip "The Vagina Monologues" and start with "Sex and the City" - apart from being the far better entertainment, "Sex and the City" covers a much wider range of similar topics, its perspectives on them are much more differentiated, subtle, diverse and ironic, also include male perspectives, and all of it is done in a very intelligent way - and you're spared Eve Ensler's voice (not one of her greatest assets)!
But I found the book to be disingenuous and self-serving at spots. For example, in the section about female circumcision in Africa the author failed to mention that it's women who do this to other women. It's old women who teach younger women to do this. Perhaps it would have been embarassing to point out that Sisterhood might not be uniform or consistent with Western preconceptions: damned if my book will sacrifice politics for facts!
And it would have been interesting to include a bit of monologue about American attempts to "educate" women in Africa about how horrible we think their custom is, and the extent to which African women care about what American women think of them. I suppose the laughter (or confusion) of African women would have made for a rather counter-productive monologue.
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