Posts Tagged ‘Eve Ensler’

I don’t exactly know how I became a feminist. It’s funny because so many people want to know why! But…I just am.

I started learning about it when I was a sophomore in college. It was like this entirely new, amazing world! And I instantly belonged. Everything I learned made me want to dig deeper, always looking for more articles, books, websites, other people, who thought the way I thought. It was almost overwhelming; the excitement I had when coming across something so beautiful!

I don’t think of myself as a very experienced feminist, or well-informed, or anything that would bring me to a high degree of those who have come before me. Sometimes I feel as if I barely know anything substantial compared to all the information and different horizons there are to be experienced within feminist thought and action.

Judgement is something everyone feels. There was always someone to point out she’s a girl, she’s adopted, her family is wealthy, her skin color is different, her last name doesn’t fit, she’s a woman, she’s a feminist, she’s an independent, she wants to do a man’s job, she’s a dreamer; she can’t do it.

We have all been persecuted and judged for the way we are.

Throughout the last decade of my life, I’ve learned some very important lessons. Many of them through horrible mistakes. Many of them I learned from my best friends.

In 8th grade, I broke a girl rule, the #1 girl rule. My best friend in the entire world, taught me that it shouldn’t be a competition. We should support each other. Trust and loyalty come above everything else. I learned that the hard way. I don’t think she realizes that she has possibly taught me the greatest lesson of all. And that I think of her often; and thank her for it. Although we have since not kept the strongest bond as we had before, I often think that it was she who opened my eyes to this world.

What it means to be a friend.

What it means to be a woman.

What it means to keep a promise.

What it means to always be truthful.

My best friend taught me that, us women, we have to stick together. We have to support each other. What have to fight for each other. There is so much to be said about women around the world. We have come far, but we can certainly go further.

Looking beyond the history and beyond the waves of feminist movements and beyond the bills that have passed; we are still creating history. There’s just not a group of us burning our bras on capitol hill to raise hype about it. Don’t get me wrong, you know I would’ve been right there with them! But I think today, we are taking a more intellectual and systematic approach to keeping the movement alive.

I feel as though, I have helped fuel the fire, and do what I can to keep up the awareness, but I want so much more than that. For us. We are not alone. I am always so inspired by the strength of the support foundation we have for each other, that often goes unrecognized. Too often do we fight over men, over jobs, over shoes. Okay, I understand the competition for amazing shoes. But, you know what I mean! Yes, of course we must fight for our goals and our dreams. Fight to the death! But, not by bringing down one of your comrades to get there.

We are all humans. We will always make mistakes. But I’m asking you to think twice before judging another woman by her strengths or her weaknesses, her successes or failures; you have more in common than you think.

In an effort to keep our spirit alive, Eve Ensler, one of the most inspiring women I look up to, has recently launched her book, I am an Emotional Creature, into an amazing production which was just sold out in South Africa.

With the strength of the powerful women’s network, V-girls is constantly updating us on all the fantastic work that is being done.

I urge you to take action. Even if it’s small, you can make a difference.

When we finally have our voice and come together, when we let ourselves gather the knowledge,when we stop turning on each other, but direct our energy towards what matters. When we stop worrying about our skinny ass stomachs or too frizzy hair or fat thighs. When we stop caring about pleasing and making everyone so incredibly happy- we got the power.

Stop fighting who you are. Stop judging who we are–we will not falter. It’s all about the girl power. Yup, you heard what I said. Get at me.

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I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE

I love being a girl.
I can feel what you’re feeling
as you’re feeling it inside
the feeling
before.
I am an emotional creature.
Things do not come to me
as intellectual theories or hard-shaped ideas.
They pulse through my organs and legs
and burn up my ears.
I know when your girlfriend’s really pissed off
even though she appears to give you what
you want.
I know when a storm is coming.
I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air.
I can tell you he won’t call back.
It’s a vibe I share.

I am an emotional creature.
I love that I do not take things lightly.
Everything is intense to me.
The way I walk in the street.
The way my mother wakes me up.
The way I hear bad news.
The way it’s unbearable when I lose.

An excerpt from Eve Ensler’s book I am an Emotional Creature.

Eve Ensler has also written:

The Vagina Monologues

Necessary Targets

The Good Body

Insecure at Last

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (editor)

Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. And she is one of my role models. Rock on woman.

VDAY: A Global Movement

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