Eve Ensler is the brilliant author, playwright, feminist (the list goes on) who is best known for The Vagina Monologues, which she wrote and performed along with countless other well-known women. She is currently on a book tour to promote her memoir, In the Body of the World. Eve is an incest survivor whose writing focuses on the female body, violence and sex, so it is ironic that much of her recent history is taken up with her struggle with uterine cancer.
from The Globe and Mail
“She has a theory about what may have made her sick: The sexual abuse she suffered as a child, as well as the countless stories of horror she has heard over the years, may have contributed. So she has made a decision: She’ll still listen to those stories as she signs books or meets people at fundraisers, but she is not seeking those stories out any more.
“I just can’t. I have to protect myself,” she says. “I feel like I spent 15 years absorbing the stories. And I’m committed. I signed up. I don’t need to be convinced any more.”
Wise woman. She listened to the messages her body was signalling. To survive, she stopped dwelling on things that make her sick. There’s a message here for anyone. Eve Ensler also contributed a terrific chapter to Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change. (See the book elsewhere on this page.)
“This is a ravishing book of revelation and healing, lashing truths and deep emotion, courage and perseverance, compassion and generosity. Warm, funny, furious, and astute, as well as poetic, passionate, and heroic, Ensler harnesses all that she lost and learned to articulate a galvanizing vision of the essence of life: “The only salvation is kindness.””