Vagina Monologues Come to Michigan After Lawmaker Banned for Using Word

Remember the state legislator who dared to use the word vagina to discuss legislation that affected, umm, vaginas?

The drama surrounding Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown's utterance of "vagina" during a heated House debate over an anti-abortion bill has had unlikely artistic consequences: areading of the Vagina monologues at the Michigan statehouse featuring the work's creator, Eve Ensler herself, and several Michigan lawmakers.

Eve Ensler, whose groundbreaking play about women's sexuality still packs theaters 16 years after it debuted, oversaw Monday night's performance by Democratic state Rep. Lisa Brown, other lawmakers and several actresses in Michigan.

Capitol facilities director Steve Benkovsky estimated about 2,500 people watched the "Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!" event.

Ensler said she was thrilled to be involved and likened the punishment meted out by the Republican leadership of the state House to "the Dark Ages."

"If we ever knew deep in our hearts that the issue about abortion … was not really about fetuses and babies, but really men's terror of women's sexuality and power, I think it's fully evidenced here," Ensler told The Associated Press by phone.


Here's a clip of Ensler on the capitol steps (h.t Think Progress):


This isn't the first vaginagate and it won't be the last: here are Michelle Goldberg and Eric Jong talking "vagina" with Joy Behar on Current TV.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 19, 2012, 5:59am

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