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'Vagina Monologues' Production Reminds Female Inmates They Aren't Forgotten

HuffingtonPost.com | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- Elisia Dones, 59, gazed out the window of the bus as it passed Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York’s only maximum-s...

DISPATCH: Goddesses Never Age With Dr. Christiane Northrup

Miriam Ava | Posted 06.06.2015 | Fifty
Miriam Ava

Turning today's ageist culture on its head, Dr. Christiane Northrup offers a new portal of understanding of what it means to move through time and space without declining in health or joy.

Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

The Dialogue About Vagina Monologues

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 04.01.2015 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

I don't know Eve Ensler. She has not asked me to defend her, nor clearly does she need my help. But I do respect what she has accomplished with her voice. It feels a big leap to me to decide that a show about people with vaginas is somehow discriminatory to those without them.

Community Civility and a Response to the Controversy Over The Vagina Monologues at Mount Holyoke

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I'd like to follow up on my previous blog post on the Mount Holyoke College controversy surrounding The Vagina Monologues because of the responses I've received. They've run the gamut from praise to condemnation, from thanks for informing the community of an important event in trans history to constructive criticism as well as vicious name calling.

Kids Do the Darndest Things! The Vagina Monologues in the Context of Historical Ignorance

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

An incident recently occurred at Mt. Holyoke College where I wish there had been some wisdom imparted to the students, who acted impetuously and, unfortunately, embarrassed themselves and their cause.

This V-Day, Let's Work Together to Prevent Violence Against All Women and Girls

Calpernia Addams | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Calpernia Addams

The V-Day movement and Eve's play continue to evolve and respond to issues of the day, and our work with the movement was meant to be the start of a conversation about including sex and gender minorities. We encourage you to join us in working together to eliminate violence against all women and girls.

On Cultural Cockroaches, True Greatness and Eating the Apple

Miriam Ava | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
Miriam Ava

The world's upside down. We're already great. We're already intelligent and beautiful and rich. The world keeps telling us we aren't because it kee...

The Power of V-Day and Why #BringBackOurGirls Is Not Enough

Valerie Alexander | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Valerie Alexander

These actresses find depth and strength and power that surprise even themselves when they begin not so much delivering Eve Ensler's words, but channeling them.

The Optimist's Manifesto

Mark Matousek | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Optimists are people who know what matters. Optimism does not mean believing that only good things will happen. It means that, regardless of what happens, you will make the most of it.

Rising Up: Survivors and the Courageous Responders Who Support Them

Donna McKay | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Donna McKay

As we form a larger and louder global alliance with survivors who are demanding justice, let us reflect on the African proverb: "A single bracelet does not jingle." On this V-Day, let's make some noise.

One Billion People Dance For V-Day

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — When the anti-violence organization V-Day announced plans to gather a billion people worldwide on Feb. 14 in a dancing demons...

Calling In the Movement to More Thoughtfully Participate in One Billion Rising

Sara Alcid | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Sara Alcid

Along with our fellow activists, we have the responsibility to engage in open and honest reflection on how we do our work, how our identities and privilege impact this, and how we can and must do better.

Journey to Rising

V-Day | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
V-Day

I saw, like a picture, every step of our 13-year journey in their fierceness, in their courage, in their generosity and love of our women and our country -- as well as in their joy and insistence on hope.

The Invisible Epidemic: Lesbians and Cancer

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Victoria A. Brownworth

Now the pink has been put away for another year and breast cancer is no longer in the spotlight. Unless you happen to be a breast cancer survivor or be battling the disease yourself, that is -- like me and millions of other women, many of us lesbians.

Zillah Eisenstein: Imagine a World With Justice

V-Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
V-Day

Last year ONE BILLION RISING was a "catalyst and a wind." This year, come dance again. Come sing. Come imagine. And, come to reconfigure and begin to restructure the world with stronger winds. We are doing it for ourselves, and everyone.

Some Thoughts on Ariel Castro, George Zimmerman and Ending Violence

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Ariel Castro, who harvested three girls off of the street to enslave, rape and torture them for 10 years, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. Good riddance. But, let's be clear, while Castro might seem psychotic, there is no shortage of cases with similarly staggering details.

Boys With Tender Hearts and Big Dreams in Their Hoodies

Eve Ensler | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Eve Ensler

I am not Trayvon Martin. I will never know what it feels like to live in the skin, in the daily rhythms and predeterminations of a black boy or man in America. But as a woman, there are things I do know and things that I have experienced that bring us into the same story, the same struggle.

Conservatives Mock Eve Ensler on Right-wing Talk Radio

Jackson Katz | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
Jackson Katz

The right has the right to satirize its adversaries. But on the day these two men were claiming to celebrate American democracy, they made a point of dismissing and ridiculing one of the leading voices for women's advancement, which, it must be noted, is fundamental to the advancement of democracy.

Gotham Salon: Eve Ensler's New Book

Catherine Ingram | Posted 07.21.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

We think her new book, In the Body of the World, is her best work yet. It chronicles her journey through metastatic stage IV cancer and her recognition of "illness as metaphor" for the cancers of greed, ignorance and violence that are consuming the world.

Interview with Eve Ensler: In The Body of the World

Marianne Schnall | Posted 06.29.2013 | Women
Marianne Schnall

"It wasn't until I got cancer, where I was suddenly being pricked and ported and chemoed and operated on, that I suddenly just became body. I was just a body. And it was in that, in that finally landing in myself that I really discovered the world in my body."

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books

Originally published by Publishers Weekly This week, Frank Bidart's latest, Eve Ensler gets personal, and the biological roots of crime. Plus: a me...

Eve Ensler on Cancer, Her Body and 'The Body of the World'

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

"When I woke up from surgery and had tubes and ports coming out of me, I was just a body. When you come into your body, you become porous. There is no separation between you and the world."

Women Leading the Way

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women
Robin Amos Kahn

Women are leading the way in so many areas, both on a world-wide stage and as community leaders. Here is a short list of list of women who are accomplishing great things.

Covering in Katmandu, and the Uncovering of an American Trans Icon

Dana Beyer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

While I was operating in western Nepal I could bury myself in my work, pushing aside the desire to just finally come out and transition. One experience in Nepal exemplified my inner conflict and that was the Passover seder we created in Katmandu that year.