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We weren't always so comfortable casually using the word "vajayjay" in conversation—or, for that matter, saying "vagina" without blushing. Some people still aren't—but if playwright Eve Ensler had her way we'd have no shame at all. In her squirm-inducing play "The Vagina Monologues" characters openly discuss sex, childbirth, masturbation and what it means to be a woman. (One takeaway: "Pussy" should not be considered an insult.) In 1998, Ensler created V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women. Since then, she's continued writing plays that challenge the status quo and empower people to speak out. Kinda brings a new meaning to the phrase "read my lips," right?