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One Billion Rising: V-Day’s Eve Ensler Launches Global Day of Action, Dance Against Women’s Violence

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales speak with Eve Ensler, founder of V-Day, the global movement to end domestic violence, and the playwright behind "The Vagina Monologues."

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AMY GOODMAN: You wrote a  piece called "Over It" that has gone viral, and I was wondering if you would read it for us here.

EVE ENSLER: I would be happy to read it.

“I am over rape.

“I am over rape culture, rape mentality, rape pages on Facebook.

“I am over people demanding their right to rape pages, and calling it freedom of speech or justifying it as a joke.

“I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don’t have a sense of humor, and women don’t have a sense of humor, when most women I know (and I know a lot) are really, really funny. We just don’t think that uninvited penises up our vaginas are a laugh riot.

“I am over the hundreds of thousands of women in Congo still waiting for the rapes to end and the rapists to be held accountable.

“I am over the thousands of women in Bosnia and Burma and Pakistan and South Africa and Guatemala and Sierra Leone and Haiti and Afghanistan and Libya, you name a place, still waiting for justice.

“I am over three women in the U.S military—one out of three women—getting raped by their so-called 'comrades.'

“I am over the forces that deny women who have been raped the right to abortion.

“I am over women rape victims becoming re-raped when they go public.

“I am over women getting raped at Occupy Wall Street and being quiet about it because they were protecting a movement which is fighting to end the pillaging and raping of the economy and the earth, as if the rape of their bodies was something separate.

“I am over women still being silent about rape, because they are made to believe it’s their fault or they did something to make it happen.

“I am over violence against women not being a #1 priority internationally and nationally when one out of three women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime — the destruction and muting and undermining of women is the destruction of life itself.

“No women, no future, duh.

“I am over this rape culture where the privileged with political and physical and economic might, take what they want, who they want, when they want it, as much as they want, any time they want it.

“I am over the endless resurrection of the careers of rapists and sexual exploiters — film directors, world leaders, corporate executives, movie stars, athletes — while the lives of the women they violated are permanently destroyed, often forcing them to live in social and emotional exile.

“I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you?

“You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us? Why aren’t you driven to the point of madness and action by the rape and humiliation of us?

“I am over years and years of being over rape.

“And thinking about rape every day of my life since I was raped when I was 5 years old.

“And getting sick from rape, and depressed from rape, and enraged by rape.

“And reading my insanely crowded inbox of rape horror stories every hour of every single day.

“I am over being polite about rape. It’s been too long now, we have been too understanding.

 
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