On Monday, June 18th, Eve Ensler and Michigan Senators and Representatives will join local activists and actors for a special performance of The Vagina Monologues on the Michigan Capitol Steps!
The performance is part of an organized response to the recent banning of Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown from publicly speaking in the House. On June 14th, Rep. Brown was banned by Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas and House Republicans for using the word “vagina” during a debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. Brown, who voted against the legislation, told supporters of the bill, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no.”
“For 14 years at V-Day, we’ve seen the power of saying the word ‘vagina.’ We’ve seen how it’s freed women from their shame and empowered them to break the silence and become leaders in their communities. By saying the word ‘vagina’ and making it okay to say the word ‘vagina,’ we take away the humiliation, and fear, and myths that often surround it,” stated Ensler. “Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51% of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country.”
“They banned me from speaking because I dared say vagina, the correct, medical name of apart of a woman’s anatomy these lawmakers are trying to regulate,” added Representative Brown. “I’m outraged that there are Michigan legislators that not only want to dictate what women can do, but what we can say.”
WHO: Eve Ensler, Michigan Senators & Representatives & YOU!
WHAT: Reading of The Vagina Monologues & public outcry against the attack on ‘vagina’
WHEN: Monday, June 18, 5pm 8pm
WHERE: Michigan Capitol Building – 100 North Capitol Ave (btw.West Allegean & West Ottawa)
Activists who would like to get involved can contact Valerie Keefe who will provide further information. Valerie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (517) 316-6420.
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