There's a passage -- "plant trees with her, and watch them grow together" -- that to me is an antidote to reverse our society's false notion of dominion over the Earth and women. The Congo is the epicenter of these two issues coming together.
I'd like to say thank you to people like Rep. Todd Akin, Mike Huckabee, and the numerous GOPers for making me understand how important it is to be vocal about equality and choices, about what is right, and what is progress.
You used the expression "legitimate" rape as if to imply there were such a thing as "illegitimate" rape. Let me try to explain to you what that does to the minds, hearts and souls of the millions of women on this planet who experience rape. It is a form of re-rape.
Faced with the overwhelming reality of our world in which women are so often oppressed and victimized, I wonder: shouldn't I stop pretending that certain political conversations fall within the boundaries of what's normal and sane?
With Emotional Creatures, which opened a few days ago at Berkeley Rep, Eve Ensler has taken a broader focus. Rather than limiting attention to issues of sexuality, she has attacked a huge gamut of abuses faced by young women.
Our problems and our social movements are global. But are solutions are always local. They lie in connecting to each other, in committing to protecting a neighbor's safety and a sister's creativity, in affirming that life of a woman I haven't yet met is as precious as my own.
If one billion whales, or anything else, were being violated or destroyed, the world would rise up and demand an end to violence. Yet, year after year, women and girls on every continent, in ever country, lose their lives to violence.
It is in the cracks of conflict and chaos where the light can come through and change can happen. This point was made so powerfully by the women in the session that I moderated called "Victors, not Victims."
Speaking of real women's lives, one question perhaps trumps all others that we are asking right now: In a globalized, media-saturated world, are we as aware of the range of experiences, conversations, and considerations?
Did I expect the two college guys behind me to simulate a woman's orgasm? Definitely not. But that is the beauty of the monologues, they are always evolving, taking new shape, acquiring a different life. They are always surprising you.
Playwright, activist, and feminist Eve Ensler has revitalized the terrain with her announcement on February 14 of the ONE BILLION WOMEN initiative. The goal is to have one billion women and men demonstrate their demand to end global violence against women.
What can we do to help the reduce the conflict and end this unfathomable violence against women and girls -- and increasingly boys -- in the Eastern Congo? As consumers, we can make a difference by demanding cell phones and electronic goods that are conflict mineral-free.
Eve at Grace. Eve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, performer and activist electrified Grace Cathedral's labyrinthed space as she spoke with incredible courage and intense authenticity about cancer.
How many women never spoke up or out about sexual assault? How many women were afraid to press charges? Let the DSK dismissal be our call to rise. Let so many of us speak out that it's a landslide and it turns the tide and the method of justice.
Media and society in general no longer inspire us or appeal to our own individual power to improve the world. In fact, we have been conditioned to leave that messy business to our elected officials. But it doesn't have to be this way.