Thank you to my friend Voice of the Trailer (VOT) for inspiring me to write this article. Apparently, Republican men are determined to rule women’s vaginas. West Bloomfield Representative Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the Michigan House floor Thursday after she referred to her female anatomy the day before. She used the word “vagina” when voicing her opinion against a bill restricting abortions. She said the bill would violate her Jewish religious beliefs:
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.
As a result of Rep. Brown being censored, at least nine female legislators are going to join playwright Even Ensler Monday night for a reading of her famous 1996 play, The Vagina Monologues, on the Capitol steps.
Ensler commented, ”
Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51 percent of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country.
Kudos to Brown for writing an article for the Detroit News where she explains her …”outrage that this legislative body wants to dictate not only what women can do, but also what we can say. Although male lawmakers have no problem passing laws about my vagina … when I dared mention its name, they became outraged.” How wonderful to see a strong woman who does not buy into right wing oppression and is able to speak truth to power!