The Vagina Monologues: A Synopsis of the Book

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In the book “Vagina Monlouges”, author Eve Ensler goes around to many different kinds of women and asks them about their vaginas. She interviews old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, and Jewish women. Each chapter or section in the book is someone else’s different story or experience. Before each chapter, Ensler adds a little snippet about her own thought on the topic. It is almost a preview to what the next section is about. Some of the topics that are talked about in this book are masturbation, rape or sexual abuse, how different cultures act towards the female body, and how women feel about their own vaginas. There are many stories from women in this book that help one learn more about diversity. There was one specific section of the book called, “ I was twelve. My mother slapped me.” This was a pretty short section that described many girls experience when they got their periods for the first time. It was very interesting reading about different girls parents, family, and friends reactions to getting their first periods. In another section, a 72-year-old woman had never seen her vagina her story describes the interview she had with Eve and how Eve was able to get the lady to open up and talk about why she had never wanted anything to do with her vagina. I feel that the intended audience is really for anyone older than around age 16. Some material in the book might be more appropriate to someone who is older or at least sexually active. Also, I think this book is for the more liberal person. There is a lot of material that a super conservative person probably would be offended by. For example, there are accounts of lesbians having sex and if someone was very religious or ultra conservative, they may not want to read about that. Also, there are stories...
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