Man’s Prayer

Posted by Thandie.

Me, Kerry Washingto and Eve at V-DAY's Viva Revolution! fundraiser at Urban Zen on June 8, 2011

Me, Kerry Washington and Eve at V-DAY’s Viva Revolution! fundraiser at Urban Zen on June 8, 2011

Eve Ensler’s ‘Man Prayer’ has been described as being “for all men” and those behind the film say: “we hope all of you will watch it and share it with every man you know”. Every time I see Man Prayer I’m reminded of the power that comes from unity between men and men, and women and men.

I’m reminded of the strength that comes from vulnerability, and truth. One certainly leads to the other.

Oh the beauty of tenderness and vulnerability! The idea that tenderness is ‘weak’ holds no water.

In fact, allowing truth to be the motivation for action creates a force stronger than any more complex plan of attack! The simplicity of truth will always be more powerful than fabrication, control, intimidation and so on. To accept ourselves as we are, and to love ourselves for that, liberates us from the insecurity that so often prompts us to compete and condemn.

Society’s tall tale of Alpha men physically dominating women as a show of their power – is proving to be a fatal flaw in our narrative.

It’s the same narrative we see playing out in our domination of the environment, animal life, sea life and the plundering of other country’s resources. article-2273733-175C0CA7000005DC-543_634x940-1

But this artificial state of domination requires constant application, otherwise the natural state of balance will reveal itself. It’s been so long since any majority has enjoyed ‘balance’ that it’s impossible to imagine ourselves living that way.

But we do what we can. One Billion Rising grows every year – it’s our call to (peaceful) action, and our demand for awareness that ONE IN THREE women will suffer violence at the hands of men in her lifetime (an official UN statistic). That’s ONE BILLION women, on our planet, right now.

Eve wrote Man Prayer after meeting Gyalwang Karmapa at TED India, and was inspired by his commitment to the 1 Billion Rising movement. Eve then turned the prayer into a film with filmmaker Tony Stroebel. It’s the perfect gift to share with fathers, grandfathers, sons, husbands, boyfriends and friends. It could be the start of someone’s own desire to create balance, truth, peace, love.

“Man Prayer” – words by Eve Ensler, film by Tony Stroebel.



Eve has adapted her shattering and magnificent book ‘In The Body of the World’ into a play. It premieres at The American Repertory Theatre – watch the trailer here:




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