Michigan Representative Lisa Brown, the one banned from speaking in front of the House of Representatives for saying vagina, performed "The Vagina Monologues" on the front steps of the Statehouse in Lansing on Monday. The writer of "The Vagina Monologues" flew in from California and was excited to be involved in what was billed as the "Vaginas Take Back The Capital" event. With approximately 2,500 people watching, Rep. Brown said the one word so many are up in arms over and she said it multiple times.
While you don't have to agree with Rep. Brown's pro-choice stance, you should be concerned when a person is silenced for saying the anatomically correct name for a body part. Even Ensler, the writer of "The Vagina Monologues" summed it up nicely when she said that the Republican leadership of Michigan's House of Representatives was "censoring people for saying a body part." If you can't say vagina out loud when discussing a law that has everything to do with female reproduction, why are you trying to regulate vaginas? All Rep. Lisa Brown was trying to do was get her fellow lawmakers to see that they are too worried about what is happening with her, and every other woman in the country's, vagina.
Viewers of Monday's monologue were handed out placards by the American Civil Liberties Union that read "Vagina. Can't Say It? Don't Legislate It." Sadly that is what the backlash of this incident has come down to. No one is discussing why Rep. Brown said vagina just that she dared speak a medically correct term for a piece of her anatomy. The ACLU even stated that they were not taking a stance on the potential law that brought the word vagina into the Statehouse but only on Rep. Brown's right to free speech that was obviously violated. If the House GOP leaders were embarrassed by Brown's use of the word vagina, the echos of the "Vagina! Vagina!" chants from their constituents in front of the Statehouse should have them squirming in their boots.