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Eve Ensler on a new play and beating cancer

November 22, 2012 • Entertainment


This Nov. 8, 2012 photo shows American playwright and Broadway producer Eve Ensler posing for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’ve ever fired up your computer and cringed in anticipation of what nasty emails await, pity Eve Ensler.

The Tony Award-winning playwright and activist gets a daily record sent to her of atrocities against women — a never-ending drumbeat of rape, genital mutilation, imprisonment and murder.

“In my inbox on any given day, I can tell you every single story of any violation that’s happening to women anywhere in the world,” Ensler says. “It’s horrifying. My inbox is like a nightmare.”

Such daily horrors would surely shut down most people, sending them back to bed with the covers pulled over their heads. But there’s something about the author of “The Vagina Monologues” that makes her get up and yell.

It was Ensler who spoke out when a Congolese doctor who helps women recover from violent rapes was shot at this year. It was Ensler who denounced a Taliban group for shooting a teenage Pakistani education activist in the head. It was Ensler who lambasted a U.S. Republican congressman who recently argued there was “legitimate rape.”

“When I see enormous injustice, when I see people messing with women’s rights, there are certain things I can’t be quiet about,” she says. “I cannot sit there and let those people do that. That just makes me insane.”

She says that with a smile. For a crusader, Ensler isn’t dour. The woman you meet may be deadly serious about her life’s work, but Login to read more

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