Even though Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it—she has spent much of her life disassociated from her own body. This disconnection was brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. “Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth,” she writes, “I could not feel or know their pain.”
But Eve is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered by her encounter with the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment she is forced to become first and foremost a body – pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all the distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the Earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully – and gratefully – joined to the body of the world.
Unflinching, generous, sometimes humorous, always inspiring, IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD is a transformative work that calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.
Internationally renowned playwright, activist and author (The Vagina Monologues and I Am an Emotional Creature, among other works) Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over $90 million for local groups and activists.