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Michigan Dems Perform ‘Vagina Monologues’ In Response To GOP Censorship

Michigan Dems Perform ‘Vagina Monologues’ In Response To GOP Censorship

Tomorrow Eve Ensler will join women legislators in Michigan in a performance of her 1996 play “The Vagina Monologues.” This is in part response to Republican legislators who indefinitely banned two women legislators from speaking at the capitol after using the word “vagina” in debate over controversial anti-abortion measures.

According to its Facebook event page, “VAGINAS TAKE BACK THE CAPITAL,” the performance will feature “Vagina Monologues” author Eve Ensler and a host of Michigan lawmakers, including 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!”

It is unclear how long the women will be banned from speaking by Republican lawmakers, but it is clear that this is exactly the kind of pressure that needs to be maintained in the face of the rampant misogyny and gynophobia plaguing the Republican right.

Republicans have not yet responded to the announcement, nor are they likely until after the event.

While it may seem like simple political theater the message and the event is much more important. All across this country Republicans are conducting a unified campaign to dis-empower and silence women. These attacks are systemic and designed to strip women of the hard-won victories of the past 100 years. This is not just a reaction to abortion rights over the last forty-years, but a response to women’s incremental emancipation. Silencing women lawmakers is simply the most obvious and publicly flagrant response.

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8:09PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

That is right, the tea party ran on jobs but are only woking on taking away women's rights.

Hooray for all the women who are standing up for vagina rights. Thank you Ladies.

We women will remember in November.

2:46PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Steve R. said:
"annelies j. - since when are "respect" and "class" a "religious thing"?
I suggest you engage your brain before you make an idiot of yourself again...."

Now, THAT is classy and respectful!

2:40PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Steve R. said:
"And Jessica Pieklo - Republicans have not "silenced" ALL female lawmakers - just the two drama queens."
Youy are right Steve! They do not "silence" them, they just refuse to invite them to any of their discussions about womens rights or health care.
Steve, are there not any right wing web sites available for you to post at? Why do you post here if you are so against everything said by the left? This is basically a liberal board.
If you do visit any right wing/conservative web sites, can you post their web addresses so i can check them out?

10:07AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Gene-Give yourself another green star, my friend!

9:31AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

lady garden, fanny (if you're in the UK) wig wig, foofoo, mini, vagina!
Gotta love them :)
(ps, I know more words but a lot of them are a bit too vulgar really)

1:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Mari, I tried to send you a green star for your comment, "Vagina!! First afraid of gays and now afraid of vaginas! Are they an alien species or zombies with no brains?" But Care2 wouldn't let me -- apparently they believe no one deserves more than one green star per week from the same person, even if they actually do deserve it. It is time for Care2 to get rid of this ridiculous limitation.

10:05PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Good

7:27PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

How anyone with a vagina can vote Republican is beyond my comprehension.

6:53PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Aside from the obvious wrongness of banning women lawmakers for saying "vagina", the Michigan GOP is really stupid for doing this, did they not expect a massive backlash that will only hurt their own Party? Some people are just too stupid to be lawmakers. We need to get idiots like these out of office. On the bright side this ban should make that easier.

6:45PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

You go girls! I am sure that the majority of your Republican opposition have not seen a vagina since the Eisenhower Administration.

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