I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2010 - Social Science - 176 pages
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In this daring book, internationally acclaimed author and playwright Eve Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Fierce, tender, and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the authentic voice inside every girl and an inspiring call to action for girls everywhere to speak up, follow their dreams, and become the women they were always meant to be.

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This was truly an amazing look at the lives of young women around the world. I would recommend this book to ANY women, of ANY age. This books speaks to every female and their secret inner female they ... Read full review

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I am no reader. I am one of those people who have a select interest in books. I end up returning books to the shelf, or simply just never take the time to get past the first few pages. In almost all cases, I feel my unfortunate events with books have been cured by Eve Ensler’s I am an Emotional Creature. My first encounter to this book was in a former dance teacher’s class. That year we used Ensler’s book as a guide to help us as a class and as individuals to explore the power of the soul. I have found this book not only as an inspiring guideline to many young women’s lives but something that can be applied to many situations which makes this book worth reading.
The inspirational words of Eve Ensler’s I Am an Emotional Creature give her female audience the power and strength to stand up for their voice. As said by Ensler herself, “This book is a call to question rather than please” (xxv). It is apparent that women in the world have found it difficult to overcome the “obstacles or pressures that prevent us from being” emotional creatures, but it is up to us as females to make our struggles known and worth fitting for (xxv). Just like her original best seller The Vagina Monologues, I Am an Emotional Creature addresses issues young women face in not only the American Society but also around the world. These topics range from teen pregnancy, anorexia, abusive relationships, child soldiers, child labor, and sex slavery.
I find Ensler’s collection of stories as a beautiful source of truth. To know that these stories are inspired by true events young women, just like me are going through, simply eye opening. I have read this book a solid three times through, and have read certain parts more than those three. No matter how many times I have read this book the more I find myself feeling at home with myself and the obstacles I have had to face. I also have found myself living off the morals of this book. The Would You Rather three part entry is such a subtle reminder of what my generation has come to. Why do I play this game? Does my answer really matter? Why should I have to choose between two terrible things in order to be approved in day’s opinionated world?
There are many stories in this book that any female should find priority to read. To this day I think about the person I am and the person I have become; I would like to think this book helped me find my own inner emotional creature.

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Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an acclaimed playwright whose works for the stage include The Vagina Monologues, Necessary Targets, and The Good Body. She is the author of Insecure at Last, a political memoir. Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. In the last decade, V-Day has raised more than $70 million for grassroots groups that work to end violence against women and girls around the world. Eve Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.

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