Beautiful Daughters

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Beautiful Daughters
Directed byJosh Aronson[1]
Produced byJosh Aronson
Edited byKate Hirson
Aronson Film Associates
Distributed byLogo TV
Release date
  • February 11, 2006 (2006-02-11)
Running time
46 minutes
CountryUnited States

Beautiful Daughters is a 2006 documentary that follows the first-ever, all-transgender production of Eve Ensler's famous play The Vagina Monologues.[2] It was released in the United States on February 11, 2006. The documentary is directed by Josh Aronson and Ariel Orr Jordan and features Calpernia Addams, Jane Fonda, and Andrea James.


During the planning of this performance, Eve Ensler wrote a new monologue using narratives from the transgender cast called They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy. . . Or So They Tried.[3][4] It promotes visibility of trans women, regardless of their anatomy.[5][6]

The documentary displays the hardships the all-transgender cast had to endure in order to make the production relevant to their identity.[7][8] A few women involved in the production used their rendition of The Vagina Monologues as a platform to "come out," having been closeted as transgender beforehand.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Beautiful Daughters premieres February 11 on Logo". The Advocate. 2006-02-11. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (2006-06-29). "Review: 'Beautiful Daughters'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  3. ^ "I've Never Found the V-Day Conversation to Be Dependent on Genitalia". Time. 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  4. ^ "Vagina Monologues playwright: 'It never said a woman is someone with a vagina'". The Guardian. 2015-01-16. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ "They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy: Trans Women in The Vagina Monologues". Global Sex and Sexualities. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  6. ^ "Is The Vagina Monologue Transphobic?". Instinct. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  7. ^ Johnson, Jordon (2015). Complicating Transgender: White Privilege and the Politics of Rurality (Doctoral thesis). The University of New Mexico.
  8. ^ Riesser, Alyssa (May 20, 2006). "Our Vaginas Not Ourselves: A Critical Analysis of the "Vagina Monologues"" (PDF). MP. 1 (4).
  9. ^ "Beautiful Daughters: A documentary about the first-ever all-transgender staging of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues"". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  10. ^ Rees, Emma L. E. (2013-08-01). The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 245. ISBN 9781623560669.

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