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Insecure At Last by Eve Ensler

In Nonfiction on April 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

Title: Insecure At Last
Author: Eve Ensler
Genre: Political Memoir
Rating: **/****

Even though I don’t feel like reviewing much these days, I knew I had to write about this book I just finished. It’s a political memoir by Eve Ensler, most famous for her play ‘The Vagina Monologues’. It deals with her travels to war torn countries visiting women who have been raped, had their families murdered, & for some, living under fundamentalist rule. Basically, all the women have unstable, insecure futures. They don’t know what will happen next to them, but a strong few are rising up to challenge the status-quo.

Throughout the book Ensler speaks of her own need for security & reveals her troubled childhood with an abusive father & submissive mother who always seemed to be there, but never offered aid. She speaks in a somewhat rushed tone about how Americans seek out security, how 9/11 disrupted that, & goes on a rant about how the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq were unnecessary. I’ll agree with her on many points, because cultural problems/conflicts can rarely be solved with arms (see Vietnam for example). I’ll also agree about how Americans as a whole search for security & have been blinded by the government into a singular way of thinking about how we can achieve it.

What I didn’t understand was her approach to how we can address the problems in the world. For example, she visits Afghanistan while it was under Taliban rule & mentions how women are treated poorly, even beaten, raped, & murdered. I wonder, in her mind, what would have been the proper approach to removing the Taliban if invading with a military was wrong.

Overall, I was touched by the personal stories she shared & how she allowed to feel for the women, rather than maintaining a more distant, icy approach to the crimes against them. But I would have liked to hear her solutions or proposals to what should have been the proper response to 9/11 & how we in the West can better serve the interests of the third world & the oppressed.

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