A Catholic Nun speaks out about those pesky Monologues

Sr. Mary Eve has written a beautiful defense of the Vagina Monologues because as she eloquently says, they celebrate “the beauty of the vagina, in direct contrast to the message that women have often had to internalize – that it is dirty and not to be touched.”

Her essay contains a wonderful quote from Eve Ensler, author of the Monologues explaining why they are so important,

“Slowly, it dawned on me that nothing was more important than stopping violence toward women – that the desecration of women indicated the failure of human beings to honor and protect life and that this failing would, if we did not correct it, be the end of us all. I do not think I am being extreme. When you rape, beat, maim, mutilate, burn, bury, and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy on the planet. You force what is meant to be open, trusting, nurturing, creative, and alive to be bent, infertile, and broken.”

Sr. Mary Eve suggests an alternatve response from the Catholic Church which would honor the lives of women:

“Taking our cue from Jesus, if the Church stopped protesting the Monologues and instead started engaging women in an honest, healthy and mature dialogue, perhaps “The Vagina Monologues” would no longer be necessary. Until then, I’m afraid we women will have to remain content with a monologue and pray that someone is, at the very least, listening.


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