Now that Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” has traveled the globe, her stomach has a thing or two to add.
Ensler, the woman who transformed the vagina from a hushed “down there” into a marquee word that tumbles from the mouths of the highest-profile celebrities, has come to accept her private parts.
But it was with some horror, she says, that she looked down at her “not-so-flat, post-40s stomach” and realized her self-hatred had simply crept upward.
Thus was born “The Good Body,” Ensler’s new one-woman Broadway show about her own navel-gazing and the extreme efforts women make to shrink, starve, cover and fix their smallest imperfections.
Her message? Learn to love your body, then get on with the bigger business of life.
Lisa Tolin is a journalist and Special Projects Editor at NBC News.