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Botox, Bulimia, Breast Implants Eve Ensler, Author Of The International Sensation The Vagina Monologues, Is Back, This Time To Rock Our View Of What It Means To Have A Good Body In The S, Eve Writes, Girls Were Pretty, Perky They Had A Blond Clairol Wave In Their Hair They Wore Girdles And Waist Pinchers In Recent Years Good Girls Join The Army They Climb The Corporate Ladder They Go To The Gym They Wear Painful Pointy Shoes They Don T Eat Too Much They Don T Eat At All They Stay Perfect They Stay Thin I Could Never Be Good The Good Body Starts With Eve S Tortured Relationship With Her Own Post Forties Stomach And Her Skirmishes With Everything From Ab Rollers To Fad Diets And Fascistic Trainers In An Attempt Get The Flabby Badness Out As Eve Hungrily Seeks Self Acceptance, She Is Joined By The Voices Of Women From LA To Kabul, Whose Obsessions Are Also Laid Bare A Young Latina Candidly Critiques Her Humiliating Spread, A Stubborn Layer Of Fat That She Calls A Second Pair Of Thighs The Wife Of A Plastic Surgeon Recounts Being Systematically Reconstructed Inch By Inch By Her Perfectionist Husband An Aging Magazine Executive, Still Haunted By Her Mother S Long Ago Criticism, Describes Her Desperate Pursuit Of Youth As She Relentlessly Does Sit UpsAlong The Way, Eve Also Introduces Us To Women Who Have Found A Hard Won Peace With Their Bodies An African Mother Who Celebrates Each Individual Body As Signs Of Nature S Diversity An Indian Woman Who Transcends Treadmill Mania And Delights In Her Plump Cheeks And Curves And A Veiled Afghani Woman Who Is Willing To Risk Imprisonment For A Taste Of Ice Cream These Are Just A Few Of The Inspiring Stories Woven Through Eve S Global Journey From Obsession To Enlightenment Ultimately, These Monologues Become A Personal Wake Up Call From Eve To Love The Good Bodies We Inhabit From The Hardcover Edition

10 thoughts on “The Good Body

  1. says:

    In theory, I generally like what Eve Ensler has to say I kind of get where she comes from and her feminism bumps up against mine and we sometimes find a middle ground and sometimes not.I believe in the idea that underlies this piece I know what she s saying I mostly agree with what she s saying.I just detest the way in which she says it There s a whole load of unchecked privilege present in the text, no real reflection of how women s bodies and lives intersect with the complicated negotiations of our everydays I was also uncomfortable with the lack of cultural, socio political, or national contexts that underscore these lived realities and experiences I get that it s a play a pithy text reflection attempting to showcase how this is a universal construct, not just an individualised one but context is everything.

  2. says:

    Not as good as the Vagina Monologues, but still very powerful and funny and wonderful in its own way My favorite moment of this book was reading it in an airport My copy had a different cover from the one pictured here The cover art is a naked female torso with scoops of ice cream instead of breasts I thought it was a fantastic image that managed to convey the commodification of female bodies, the link between female sexuality and self denial, the strange way female sexuality and food have become forbidden for women in popular culture, etc Well, two white middle aged men were sitting across from me at the gate, waiting for the same flight I was, and eying my book with great discomfort Unveiled discomfort Until I finally made and held eye contact with them and they were forced to say something Uh what is THAT They had never heard of Eve Ensler Or the Vagina Monologues And seemed shocked SHOCKED that a stranger and a girl would say vagina right out loud in an airport This is not late night cable, young lady So I explained it was a play, a feminist play And as soon as I said feminist their facial expressions seemed to both instantaneously switch off, like a light Oh And back to the sports section Clearly nothing of concern to THEM.

  3. says:

    I did not care for this book at all I wonder if I saw it presented on stage, if that would change my opinion, but I disliked it so much that I d be unlikely to give any money or time to be exposed to it again.First of all, there is really nothing new in terms of the style or presentation of material Ensler is using the same structure as The Vagina Monologues, the only difference is that this work focuses on her stomach and she herself gets a lot of stage time.Although there were a few thought provoking moments her assertion that all women throughout the world, regardless of their race or class, when asked one thing that could be changed that would really improve their lives, most answered in a way that related to changing some part of their physical bodies First of all, there is no citation for that Who did this study And how Also, the liposuction description was revolting But it was so revolting that I imagine it will stick with me for sometime.The piece about the Cosmo editor who works so hard to reshape herself, and ends by saying that her husband thinks she is beautiful, but he doesn t count, Because he loves me That was a really interesting section, but in terms of the way that we discount the opinions of important people in our lives, as opposed to anything really revealing about body image.I think the part of this book that disturbed me the most was how much Eve Ensler focused on her own stomach issues If you want to navel gaze, fine But don t try to make it something that it s not Don t try to make it a play about the body image issues of women all over the world The global focus was also somewhat offensive When Eve Ensler refuses to eat bread that is being offered to her in Africa, I wanted to smack her Maybe that is the point But still Never did she seem to acknowledge the complete privilege of her position and the luxury it is to be able to refuse food at all.When she is taken out for ice cream, which is forbidden by the Taliban, her host is risking her life so that Eve freaking Ensler can feel like eating ice cream is okay in this moment due to it being an act of political rebellion Give me a break Also, the extent to which Ensler selects stories where women of all ages blame their mothers for their body image issues is pretty shocking Urgh It also seems like this play is not even the story of how a woman learned to love her body Or how a woman overcame her struggle with body image This really seems to be a play about how Eve Ensler travels all over disliking her stomach I have no opinion about her particular stomach, but I now have no stomach for Eve Ensler.

  4. says:

    Relentless, vehement body loathing with a desperate attempt at a hopeful saccharine ending of We live in a good body We live in a good body.Good body Good body Good body Ms Ensler is obviously trying to convince herself, but I m certain she does not believe it She s left with hatred of her body, and, sadly, the reader is left with the stories of extreme self hatred that constitute the book Instead of feeling glorious that my body functions and is my tree one of her few attempts to be uplifting , I will recall Helen Gurley Brown s self revulsion despite her amazing success and 200 daily situps I will remember vagina tightening, hatred of all skinny bitches , celebration of getting parasites to get thin, extreme workouts, unhealthy rejection of food including bread gasp And anger, anger, anger Hate, hate, hate.Ensler offers a few stories of women who are happy in their bodies, but these pale compared to the violent reds and oranges of the stories that scream off the pages of woman after woman who rejects her own body.The Vagina Monologues were a masterpiece This is not only a self indulgent hate fest, I think it offers so many examples of women hating themselves that it suggests that this is the western norm To actually like a body with its curves or sags, is to not be striving sufficiently I renounce the implication that my body, usually 15 pounds overweight, indicates that I am lazy, ugly, and to be socially rejected Because I know I, and many other women, am vital, energetic, capable, successful and forgiven for carrying a few extra pounds that would be unacceptable in Ensler s wacky, sad, and hate filled world Nameste.

  5. says:

    This is a mess Maybe it s because I don t like the format, or that I think a 90 page book made up mostly of unexplicated quotes is a lazy way to make money, or that I think the whole premise is strangely misogynistic, but I hated the book There is really no discussion of reasons why women might hate their bodies beyond being damaged by their parents or personally buying into media images of what s beautiful So who makes the media What drives our standards of beauty Is it possible that the evil parents mostly mothers to blame for these women s pain are victims of social forces bigger than themselves The lack of analysis by the author, who is interested in talking about her own body image problems, made me dismiss this whole mess.

  6. says:

    Short and funny and poignant at the end.

  7. says:

    Just read this And buy it for all the women you know And take them to see it performed on stage, if at all possible.

  8. says:

    original read 2008I still remembered some parts of this It was good.

  9. says:

    A beautiful and timely examination of the perilous relationship that many individuals, particularly women in this text, have with their bodies and how that easily turns to self harm when it should be rooted in appreciation and love.

  10. says:

    She s so vulnerable and open I just wish it was longer.