Sensible feminism has long argued that its merely a re-valuing of womens distinct strengths that would resolve much of the vast inequity between genders. Writer and performance artists Eve Enslers work from 1996s body-positive Vagina Monologues to this Februarys Im An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World falls squarely in this line of steadfast reappraisals of womens uniquely critical role on earth. In between, Ensler has tirelessly drawn attention to the female experience even in the face of much public fluster over period parties and vulva cookies leading a global consciousness-raising movement to end rape and abuse against women one essay at a time. Enslers piece de resistance is V-Day, her subversion of the romantic holiday where groups nationwide raise awareness about brutality against women through local performances of the Vagina Monologues and now A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer a recent Ensler-edited collection of essays from Maya Angelou to Dave Eggers. Proceeds of this Vanderbilt production by the Margaret Cunningims Womens Center benefit the Domestic Violence Hardship Fund.
Fri., Feb. 12, 7 p.m., 2010