Michigan Women Lawmakers To Perform The Vagina Monologues On The Steps Of The State Capitol
The Detroit Free Press today reported that Michigan women legislators will be joined by Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” in a performance of the play on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing.
The performance is in reaction to the indefinite banning of two Democratic women legislators for using the word vagina while speaking on the house floor. State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) spoke out against Michigan’s new anti-abortion law, saying, “I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours? And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
The mostly male Republican caucus went into an immediate uproar and banned Brown and Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) from speaking on the house floor.
Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) said, “What she said was offensive. It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say it in mixed company.”
The unreasoning and puritanical stance of the Republicans in the Michigan Legislature has infuriated women and they are hitting back. At least nine female legislators, author Eve Ensler and actresses from around the state will assemble on the steps of the state capitol on Monday, June 18 to perform “The Vagina Monologues.” It is slated to run from 5:00pm until 8:00pm EDT.
In an announcement on its Facebook page VAGINAS TAKE BACK THE CAPITOL, the performance will feature Ensler and Michigan lawmakers Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), Rep. Barb Byrum (D- Onondaga), Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D-Saginaw), Rep. Dian Slavens (D- Canton Township), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D- Detroit), Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield), Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lansing) “with more announced soon!”
A glance at the newly produced Facebook page shows that women across the country have answered the call, with carpooling requests from as far away as North Carolina.
With only a few days planning, it will indeed be an interesting evening in Michigan’s capitol, where women will take the “dirty word” vagina and shout it out for all to hear. This is but the first of many events that will undoubtedly take place across the country in reaction to a concerted conservative attempt to roll back the rights of women.
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