September 14, 2010

Ted Talks: Embrace Your Inner Girl

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 6:13 am by Gina

Ted Talks is “a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” This website is filled with the most inspiring, courageous, persuasive and any other positive adjective one can use to describe, speeches from people all over the world.

One such person is Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, a play that recounts stories from hundreds of women about their bodies, their sexual experiences, and yes, their vaginas. Since its start in ’96 it has been translated into more than 45 languages and performed in more than 120 countries.

Here, Eve talks about her concept of the “girl cell.” The inner cell that everyone, women and men, have. In her words this cell is, “compassion, and it’s empathy, and it’s passion itself, and it’s vulnerability, and it’s openness and it’s intensity and it’s association, and it’s relationship, and it is intuitive.”

She continues the explanation saying, “And then let’s think how compassion informs wisdom, and that vulnerability is our greatest strength, and that emotions have inherent logic, which lead to radical, appropriate, saving action. And then let’s remember that we’ve been taught the exact opposite by the powers that be, that compassion clouds your thinking, that it gets in the way, that vulnerability is weakness, that emotions are not to be trusted, and you’re not supposed to take things personally, which is one of my favorites.

I think the whole world has essentially been brought up not to be a girl. How do we bring up boys? What does it mean to be a boy? To be a boy really means not to be a girl. To be a man means not to be a girl. To be a woman means not to be a girl. To be strong means not to be a girl. To be a leader means not to be a girl. I actually think that being a girl is so powerful that we’ve had to train everyone not to be that. ”

Wow. And the whole speech is like that! She continues with horrific yet powerful stories of girls she has met during her career and their stories as well as what this did to transform her and what it means to be a girl. I know that it is a longer video, but I promise it is completely worth it!! At the very least listen to the beginning or click here to read the interactive script.

Concluding with an excerpt from her new book she explains her reading with this:
“But I really want to do it for each and every person here, to value the girl in us, to value the part that cries, to value the part that’s emotional, to value the part that’s vulnerable, to understand that’s where the future lies.”

Something that doesn’t tell us to stop feeling? I think I can get used to that!

~Gina

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