LOS ANGELES, 3 May — 18 years after Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking The Vagina Monologues, Funny or Die today released a plea by Andrea Savage, Kate Beckinsale and Judy Greer: Republicans, Get In My Vagina! Ensler’s pivotal work explored many ideas of gender, identity, and empowerment, among them, simply taking the word “vagina” out of the shadow of some sort of shame. It is a tribute to Ensler’s success that 18 years later what she achieved in a book or evening length performance, Savage, Beckinsale & Greer are able, at least in part, to achieve in 2 minutes and 28 seconds.
While the political tide that Savage, Beckinsale & Greer satarize is truly troubling, and the legislative agenda it carries truly regressive, the fact that the media and culture of this early 21st century moment allow Savage, Beckinsale & Greer to easily share a compelling argument with a mass audience is a power that Ensler must only have dreamt of when she wrote her catalyzing work in 1994.
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