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The evening fluctuated from book reading to performance to rally to consciousness raising session, until it was unclear where one experience began and the other ended. And herein lies the emotionxl issue I have with Ensler’s work; she invariably tries to create a voice for an audience that have their own voices. Ensler used monologues most effectively in her groundbreaking work The Vagina Monologueswritten inafter she conducted hundreds of interviews with women asking them how they felt about their vaginas.
The format and content was revelatory, and Ensler became a worldwide sensation because of her willingness to have a frank discussion about a taboo topic. Luckily for all of us, she hasn’t stopped with her latest work.
Though her scope has become increasingly global in recent years largely due to her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo with sexual assault victimsshe still sees a universality in the issues affecting women.
But the breadth of this book has narrowed considerably — where she once talked exclusively about women, Ensler has shifted to a new focus group: In I Am An Emotional EnlserEnsler argues that societies around the world don’t do enough to value and respond to the emotions of their children. Instead, they focus on promoting rational thought and, in the case of the girls, emphasize pleasing others. To Ensler, if we stop teaching girls to please everyone around them, we can unleash a new kind of intelligence.
They will become empowered through the connection to their own feelings, instead of detached and confused, as Ensler feels women and men are today. What ills would such effort prevent? From genital mutilation in the Congo to anorexia in Beverly Hills, the battleground is always a woman’s body.
Because Ensler’s priority is preventing sexual assault, I Am An Emotional Creature is almost obsessed with the female form, as was The Vagina Monologues well, that book was obsessed with a certain specific body creaturs and The Good Body.
As much as she may want to look internally, Ensler’s essays focus on redefining the experience women have with their bodies.
And herein lies I Am An Emotional Creature ‘s greatest flaw; as Ensler makes revelatory statements about freeing women and allowing them to connect with their emotions, her essays don’t support her claims. One piece, “Free Barbie”, is told entirely from the viewpoint of a emotoinal Chinese girl who works in a sweatshop putting the heads on Barbie dolls.
But the piece isn’t about the girl: Ensler tells us that this vendetta is a personal one. But nothing in “Free Barbie” indicates that Barbie itself is the tool of enslwr Ensler’s piece, here, is a fantastical, ebsler diatribe about the horrible treatment of young children in sweatshops. Her use of Barbie does nothing to shed light on the potential emotional damage playing with this unrealistic beauty of a doll can inflict upon young girls.
Moreover, Ensler has seemingly not considered that teaching girls ebe what Barbie means in our society, as well as the history behind her creation, might release them from her clutches more than removing her would. Ensler has strong, sound ideas and opinions whether you agree with her stance on Barbie or notand an amazing motivation to continue to act as an activist as well as a performer and writer.
But it would behoove her to let the women she has traveled around the world and found so “beautiful” speak for themselves, instead of theatrically adapting their creaturre.
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