I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World [Eve Ensler] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this daring book . In this New York Times best-selling book, Ensler offers fictional monologues and Fierce, tender, and smart, I Am an Emotional Creature is a celebration of the. Eve Ensler continues her mission to reach out, speak to and inspire women of all ages with Emotional Creature, made about and for girls. Through discovery.

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In this daring, provocative, and insightful book, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler writes fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe.

Moving through a world of topics and emotions, these voices are fierce, alive, tender, complicated, imaginative, and smart.

Girls today often find themselves in a struggle betwee In this daring, provocative, and insightful book, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed playwright Eve Ensler writes fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. They are taught not to be too intense, too passionate, too smart, too caring, too open. They are encouraged to shut down their instincts, their outrage, their desires and their dreams, to be polite, to obey the rules.

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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. Among the girls Ensler creates are an American who struggles with peer pressure in a suburban high school; an anorexic blogging as she eats less and less; a Masai girl from Kenya unwilling to endure female genital mutilation; a Bulgarian sex slave, no more than fifteen, a Chinese factory worker making Barbies; an Iranian student who is tricked into a nose job; a pregnant girl trying to decide if she should keep her baby.

Through rants, poetry, questions, and facts, we come to understand the universality of girls everywhere: I Am an Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all.

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Lists with This Book. May 11, Debbie “DJ” rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a book I will cherish for many years to come. In it, Eve Ensler creates dialogues for girls, each inspired “by an article, an experience, a memory, a dream, a wish, an image, or a moment of grief and rage. Many “Girl Facts” are given before topics. One such fact was, “Barbie was based on a German doll named Lilli that was sold as a sexy novelty for men.


All touched my heart in profound ways, as they each ev This is a book I will cherish for many years to come. All touched my heart in profound ways, as they each evoked an awareness, a recognition, and heartfelt truths.

Ensler talks about the energy girls possess to change the world, the way they make us question ourselves, often to “wake up! Many of these monologues left me on tears, or screaming that nothing ever changes. I wish I had this book when I was a girl. Every story, no matter how it is written, often took me back to my own childhood. Yet this book is not one merely for girls, it is written for everyone. The insights are far-reaching as Ensler travels around the world.

The main aim of this book is for us all to question rather than to please. View all 15 comments. Oct 09, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: A powerful, thought-provoking book all about girls. This small collection has a big impact. As other reviewers say, this book should be required reading for high school girls. It will get girls thinking about the way they act and the way they are treated; about what society allows, expects, and forbids.

Reading these stories might help girls gain confidence and independence. The book will no doubt offer solace and insight for those who are right in the middle of the fucked-up girl and boy a Wow! The book will no doubt offer solace and insight for those who are right in the middle of the fucked-up girl and boy and parent stuff that freaks out teenage girls.

Each wve is fictional and is told by a ekotional, and the first-person voice makes each of the girls sound authentic and plaintive, innocent yet wise. Girls deal with genital mutilation, the sex trade, slave labor, and war.

Their voices are strong, their stories heart-breaking. The book contains both poems and stories. One horrifying girl fact: The poems and stories are short and easy to read. In this book, the poems are accessible.

They all pack a wallop. The language is beautiful, the rhythm and cadence wonderful, the sentences profound. Four stories stand out in my mind: I will re-read these stories many times, even though they are all unforgettable from the first read. Okay, now for the bad stuff. Even though these stories are smart and haunting, the book seemed lightweight in some way.

Even as I say it, I want to take it back. Of course I hate and ache over violence against women. And of course I think women should get equal pay and equal everything. The strong women I know and read about were all born strong.

They know they are equal to men. This is great, in fact. They pulse through my organs and legs And burn up my ears. I am super emotional and hate being put down because of creatuee, but I am also intellectual. It sounds like eensler author is forsaking thinking for feeling.

Eve Ensler’s ‘I Am an Emotional Creature’ Is All About Eve

I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air. Girls know when a storm is coming? The book promotes, in the name of independence, three things that I think are dangerous. Alone in the dark. The manifesta at the end of the book tells emotiknal to go places alone. Girls have to be careful. They are there to harm you.

I will not let you make me afraid. The more skin they see, the more turned on they get or so a man has told me. Why give men this chance to get turned on? The sexually violent ones might not be able to or want to control their urges, and evw we have ugly cretaure devastating rape. Why not express your individuality by dying your hair green, doing funky nails, wearing far-out jewelry, or for the more adventurous, getting body piercings or tattoos?


Another line in the manifesta says to always fight back. Of course I think girls should fight back against unjust and ignorant ideas about females. But trying to physically fight off a crazy person? Seriously, is it really a good idea to piss off a murderer, just to assert yourself?

Do you want to creatture dead? The author has brilliantly created unique girl voices, and the stories are so well drawn, I feel like the girls are real and that I know and understand them. And the book feels surprisingly uplifting—because even though the stories show despair, they also show strength and hope.

I will keep this book lying around so I can pick it up and take little sips whenever I want. View all 9 comments. May 24, Thing Two rated it liked it Recommends it for: Find a man Seek protection The world is scary Don’t go out You are weak Don’t care so much They’re only animals Don’t be so intense Don’t cry so much You can’t trust anyone Don’t talk to strangers People will take advantage of you Close your legs Girls aren’t good with: If he rapes you, surrender, you will get killed trying to defend yourself Don’t travel alone You are nothing without a man Don’t make the first move, wait for him to notice you Don’t be too loud Follow the crowd Obey the laws Don’t know too much Tone it down Find someone rich It’s how you look that matters, not what you think.

Everyone’s making everything up There is no one in charge except for those who pretend to be No one is coming No emotionaal is going to Rescue you Mind-read your needs Know your body better than you Always fight back Ask for it Say you want it Cherish your solitude Take trains by yourself to places you have never been Emtoional out alone under the stars Learn how to drive a stick shift Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back Say no when you don’t want to do something Say yes if your instincts are strong even if everyone around you disagrees Decide whether you want to be liked or admired Decide if fitting in creatute more important than finding out what you’re doing here Believe in kissing Fight for tenderness Care as much as you do Cry as much as you want Insist the world be theater and love the drama Take your time Move as fast as you do as long as it’s your speed.

Ask yourself these questions: Why am I whispering when I have something to say? Why am I adding a question mark at the end of all my sentences? Why am I apologizing every time I express my needs? Why am I hunching over? Starving myself when I love food?