How many? Apparently between three and five thousand, with a smattering of supportive males thrown in for good measure.
That’s how many attended Monday night’s performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” on the steps of Michigan’s State Capitol building in Lansing. The play was put on by female legislators and actresses in protest of a ban by Republican House leaders on Representative Lisa Brown, because she used the word “Vagina” on the floor of the House. She used it in the context of a debate over a repressive anti-abortion measure—which raises a question. Exactly what did the legislature think abortions were about, if not vaginas?
Now women across the nation are reacting not only to the Michigan body’s restrictions on free speech, but also to the implications about how men view the female body. “One of my counterparts, Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, said ‘vagina’ is such a disturbing word that he would never deign to use it in the presence of women or ‘mixed company’,” said Rep. Brown. “This, from a man who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.”