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Putting Women Back on Top?: (Re)constituting Power and Audience in The Vagina Monologues
Eve Enslerâ s goal in writing The Vagina Monologues was to generate a dialogue regarding womenâ s sexuality to counter the silence that pervades the patriarchal culture that they inhabit. To achieve this goal, Ensler constructs two ideologiesâ one grounded in patriarchy and another supposedly grounded in female agency and dialogueâ to reveal the problems within the current ideology in hopes that her audience will adopt her new ideology and resolve the detrimental silence women endure. To evaluate its success, this study utilizes an eclectic approachâ comprised of constitutive rhetoric, second persona, third persona, and bell hooksâ rhetorical optionsâ to determine if the playâ s content encourages the dialogue Ensler desires.