By Jo Reger
For someone who studies the contemporary women’s movement in North America, these are fascinating times of extreme backlash and new mobilizations. Take for instance my home state of Michigan where two female state representatives were censured and forbidden to speak on the house floor for equating anti-abortion legislation to rape (while invoking the word “vagina”) and suggesting that men need to be screened before obtaining vasectomies (see Lisa Leitz’s Daily Disruption post from June 27, 2012 for more on this).
Within days, Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, flew to the state capital and with the assistance of women legislators performed the monologues to a crowd of between 1,000 and 5,000 (depending on who did the estimating.) The crowd was full of vagina positive signs (two favorites were “Vaginas brought you into this world, Vaginas will vote you out” and “We didn’t come from your rib, you came from our vaginas.”) The event got national (liberal news) coverage from John Stewart and Rachel Maddow to the Huffington Post. Continue reading