Eve Ensler talks about Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World, a provocative look at America's obsession with security in a post-9/11 world.
"Why has all this focus on security made me feel so much more insecure? Nothing is secure. And this is the good news. But only if you are not seeking security as the point of your life" - Eve Ensler
When her stage play "The Vagina Monologues" became a runaway hit and an international sensation, Eve Ensler emerged as a powerful voice and champion for women everywhere. Now the brilliant playwright gives us her first major work written exclusively for the printed page. Insecure at Last is a timely and urgent look at our security-obsessed world, the drastic measures taken to keep us safe, and how we can truly experience freedom by letting go of the deceptive notion of vigilant "protection." Ensler draws on personal experiences and candid interviews with burka-clad women in Afghanistan; female prisoners in upstate New York; survivors at the Superdome after Katrina; and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan-sharing unforgettable snapshots that chronicle a post-9/11 existence in which hyped obsession for safety and security has undermined our humanity. The us-versus-them mentality, Ensler explains, has closed our minds and hardened our compassionate hearts.
Provocative, illuminating, inspiring, and boldly envisioned, Insecure at Last challenges us to reconsider what it means to be free, to discover that our strength is not born out of that which protects us. Ensler offers us the opportunity to reevaluate our everyday lives, expose our vulnerability, and, in doing so, experience true freedom and fulfillment- Books Inc.
Eve Ensler is an American playwright, performer, feminist and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues.
Ensler's The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 45 languages and is running in theaters all over the world, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment).
Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. The Vagina Monologues is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength.
Ensler's play Necessary Targets, set in a Bosnian refugee camp, opened Off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater in February 2002, after a hit run at Hartford Stage. Other plays include Conviction, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, and Extraordinary Measures. The Good Body, The Vagina Monologues and Necessary Targets have been published by Villard/Random House. Vagina Warriors, words by Eve Ensler and photos by Joyce Tenneson, was published by Bulfinch Press for V-Day 2005.
Her first book Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir was published by Random House in 2007. Her most recent book, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, was published in January 2011.
Ensler is the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, the Berrilla-Kerr Award for Playwriting, the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the Jury Award for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, as well as the 2002 Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award for Leadership and The Matrix Award (2002).
She has received numerous Honorary degrees, including Doctor of Letters from her alma mater, Middlebury College.
Shown here in October 2006, Eve Ensler speaks about the success of the past year's first V-Day Festival in NYC. The city-wide, two-week long series of theater, spoken word, performance and community events was a huge success.
V-Day began 11 years ago today on February 14, 1998 with a sold out benefit performance of "The Vagina Monologues" in New York City.
Since this, V-Day has grown into even more of a global movement, with 700 campuses participating in the College Campaign and over 400 cities participating in the Worldwide Campaign, totaling over 3000 benefits in 58 countries.
Ensler's thesis that the notion of security is and always has been an illusion is interesting and makes sense. The more we are obsessed with security the more restricted we are in our lives. Its all part of Bush's fear tactic. The truth is Bush is not protecting the country in any way. Past programs seen on Fora, have demonstrated how, despite the 9/11 commission recommendation implementations, the country's safety is no more secure than before. Since 9/11, we have become aware of the insecurity that we all inhabit, everytime we step on a plane, a subway, go across a bridge we think of 9/11 and its possibilities. The truth is we were never safe, other countries have dealt with terrorism for decades if not more, the phenomenon is new to us. We were always an open target we just assumed we were invincible. It is good to be aware of one's surroundings, but living in a constant state of fear and paranoia is not a healthy quality of life.