|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
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.Hey! At last, Big Vagina has come to Lansing and ladies with actual ladyparts will stand on the capitol steps and say vagina a million times.
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.
If this weren't so uplifting, it would be ludicrous. But it is certainly sad that in 2012, it's 1950 in Michigan and 1996 is offensively modern.