Armed with clever signs like “twat was she thinking?” and “my vagina is angry,” more than 4,000 demonstrators took to the lawn of the Michigan Capitol building Monday evening in support of Democratic Representative Lisa Brown, who was censored on\ the house floor when she dared to use the “vagina” during a debate about women’s reproductive rights.
Brown was speaking against a proposed omnibus bill that is considered to be country’s most aggressive anti-abortion legislation when she said: “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’”
“The leaders of the House have shown they will go to great lengths to not hear our voices.” says Brown, in an op-ed, “I am going to speak out anyway. I urge everyone else who feels the Legislature doesn’t hear them to speak up with me.”
And speak up she did. With the help of some local actresses, legislators and Tony Award-winning author Eve Ensler, Brown took to the steps of the statehouse and treated the crowd to a very special performance of The Vagina Monologues.