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Eve Ensler

  • In order for the human race to continue, women must be safe and empowered. It's an obvious idea, but like a vagina, it needs great attention and love in order to be revealed.

  • Between the combination of Judeo-Christian religious 'be good be good be good' and Capitalist 'something's wrong with you, buy this' and the parental upbringing, which is 'you're wrong, you're not thin enough, you're not smart enough' I mean, hello! We don't have a shot.

    • Eve Ensler,
    • in Charlotte Observer ()
  • Be bold and love your body. Stop fixing it. It was never broken.

  • I am worried about this word, this notion — security. I see this word, hear this word, feel this word everywhere. Security check. Security watch. Security clearance. Why has all this focus on security made me feel so much more insecure? ... Why are we suddenly a nation and a people who strive for security above all else?

  • I am not saying people shouldn't be held accountable for terrible acts. But holding people in prisons does not necessarily make them responsible or accountable. It makes them bad. It makes them evil. It puts an end to any process of transformation. It hardens them spiritually and psychologically.

  • Today the United States has the highest prison population in the world, over 2.1 million people. ... We lock people up at a rate that is seven to ten times that of any other democracy.

  • It is almost a guarantee that in the pursuit of security you will become more insecure. Inherent in the quest for security is its undoing.

  • The mechanism of violence is what destroys women, controls women, diminishes women and keeps women in their so-called place.

    • Eve Ensler,
    • in Eve Ensler, ed., A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer ()
  • I want to touch you in real time / not find you on YouTube, / I want to walk next to you in the mountains / not friend you on Facebook. / Give me one thing I can believe in / that isn't a brand name.

  • We know that if you plan too long / nothing happens and things get worse and that / most everything is found in the action / and instinctively we get that the scariest thing / isn't dying, but not trying at all.

  • Once you are diagnosed with cancer, time changes. It both speeds up insanely and stops altogether.

  • ... an activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power, or money, or fame, but in fact driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness, so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.

    • Eve Ensler,
    • in foreward to Jody Williams, My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize ()

Eve Ensler, U.S. playwright, performer, feminist, activist, artist

(1953)