Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler is frustrated that twenty years after starting “V-Day”, a movement meant to combat violence against women, the same problems still remain.
“We have a ‘Predator-in-Chief’ who’s been accused by 13 women of sexual violations, we have Bannon who was accused of domestic battery, we have two people who resigned this week,” she said. “We have a cabal of misogynists at the head of this country and racists at the head of this country. And at the same time we see this huge movement that is saying ‘the time of patriarchy is over.’”
The activist’s statements come as both Rob Porter, former White House staff secretary, and speechwriter David Sorensen resigned over domestic violence allegations last week. While questions swirl over when members of the administration knew about these claims.
President Donald Trump has offered conflicting views, with associates saying he was “disturbed” by the news, but also tweeting his dismay that “Peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
“Patriarchy is so persistent and stubborn,” Ensler said.
Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”, which gave way to V-Day, made its debut off-Broadway in 1996. V-Day has raised $100 million for groups looking to end violence against women and girls.
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