Insecure at Last (Magill's Literary Annual 2007)
Though Eve Ensler had been writing, publishing, and performing in plays since the 1970’s, it was in 1996, with the startling success of The Vagina Monologues, that her name and work began to be well known. The Vagina Monologues is a series of lyrical, thought-provoking monologues, all performed by Ensler in the original production, based on the playwright’s interviews with a wide variety of women about their bodies in general and their genitalia in particular. The premise behind the play was that by openly naming and discussing matters usually kept privatein this case female anatomy and the wide range of women’s sexualitywe can reduce the shame and misunderstandings associated with these matters. Ensler’s 2004 play, The Good Body, similarly presents a mingling of voices and viewpoints, though this time the emphasis is a little more on Ensler’s own experience. The focus of this play is on women’s dissatisfaction with their bodies, especially their obsessive attempts to lose weight or otherwise reshape themselves in a desperate effort to achieve some unrealistic ideal of a good body.
Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security Obsessed World is Ensler’s first published work intended solely for the printed page rather than for performance. In it, the author once again addresses a single difficult and abstract conceptin this case securityfrom a variety of perspectives in an attempt to arrive at, if not...
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