I recently read a book in the library called I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE: The Secret Life of Girls around the World by Eve Ensler (aka the author of The Vagina Monologues). I was intrigued by the cover of the book (and yes, I do judge books by their covers), and so I decided to take a stab at the contents and see what the secret life of girls around the world was really like. I came out feeling a little more empowered, a little more enthusiastic, a little more aware of situations and lifestyles of the female race around the globe. There were fictional monologues, stories and poems (all of which are based on “what is real and true”, according to Ensler) about teenage girls in America dealing with high school drama, an African girl and her fate of female genital mutilation, girls sold into sex slavery, girls discovering life, love, sexuality and more. I finished the book in less than a half hour because it was a very quick and enjoyable read, but I recommend it to girls out there to just read and take in. The following is an excerpt from “You tell me how to be a girl in 2010”:
I want to touch you in real time,
not find you on YouTube,
I want to walk next to you in the mountains,
not friend you on Facebook.
This is from “I am an emotional creature”:
I am an emotional creature.
I am connected to everything and everyone.
I was born like that.
Don’t you dare say all negative that it’s a
or it’s only only because I’m a girl.
These feelings make me better.
They make me ready.
They make me present.
They make me strong…
I am an emotional
I am an emotional, devotional,
And I love, hear me,
love love love
being a girl.