HOME-STATE SHAME: Michigan Democratic Congresswomen to Perform V-Monologues on Capitol Steps

How low can you go? 

Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield)

Last Thursday in my home state of Michigan, Democratic Congresswoman Lisa Brown was barred from speaking on the House floor, after making a crude reference to her female anatomy during a speech.  Brown had been speaking against a House initiative to ban late-term abortions after the twentieth week of gestation, when she said, “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no’.”

A spokesperson for Michigan Representative James Bolger explained later that she had been banned for failing to maintain decorum.

And fair enough.  It’s easy to imagine the uproar among feminists, had a male Representative spoken in Congress about his own reproductive organs.  He’d have been quickly shunned as vulgar and ill-mannered.  Apologies would have been demanded by the aggrieved females.

Lisa Brown has no plans to quietly take to her seat, however—nor do Democratic women plan to let the issue die.  On Friday, the Dems—supported by controversial playwright Eve Ensler—hastily crafted plans for a presentation of “The Vagina Monologues”, a highly sexualized play centered around women’s gender issues, on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing.  The play has been criticized for its graphic portrayals of sexual encounters, rape, masturbation, and lesbian sex acts.  The Michigan congresswomen’s performance will be held Monday, June 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

According to a new website, VAGINAS TAKE BACK THE CAPITAL, Ensler will join at least 16 Democratic congresswomen in the performance.  Local and state activists and actors have signed on to perform in the play, as well as 16 Democratic politicians.  Politicians who have signed on to perform in the play to date include Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga), Rep. Stacy Erwin-Oakes (D-Saginaw), Rep. Dian Slavens (D-Canton Township), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield), Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills), and Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lansing).  The webpage promises that more will be announced soon.

Senator Whitmer, the highest ranking woman in Michigan state government, was quoted in the group’s press release:  “I want my two daughters to know that their Mom and countless other women stood up for them as they grow into the next generation of strong women.” 

Whitmer’s, Brown’s and the other women’s daughters will know:  (1) that their mothers were willing to resort to vulgar political theatre to achieve immoral political goals, and (2) that they, the daughters, were fortunate to have been born at all, since their mothers were willing to kill a developing fetus even after viability in order to protect their own selfish interests.

  • Concerned Citizen

    A crude reference? In a discussion about the rights of a woman to control her own body, you think it is crude to say the word “vagina”? You can legislate about it, but you can’t say it? Grow up.

    • Bill F

      Concerned Citizen-well said! I wonder if “cranium” , “anterior deltoid” or–god forbid–”rectum” would have been met with as much protest. Since Ms. Schiffer appears to be very good at hypothesizing about what men would say in response to something that wasn’t said, maybe she’d care to weigh in on what she thinks the reactions from both genders would have been to gender-neutral to words like these… that also weren’t said.

    • Sue from Buffalo

      Concerned Citizen, are you crazy? That congresswoman’s response WAS crude. Let’s keep this all to topic. This is not simply about “controlling her own body.” It is not simply about her body. It is about the body of another who would be destroyed after 20 weeks of gestation and this congresswoman (and her ilk) are offensive, crude, rude, selfish and insanely barbaric. You’re ignoring that part of it speaks very much of your need to grow up and grow out of yourself.

  • Fintan Wade

    ha! ha! ha! hypocrites they are! They know that abortion is there so they can continue to use sex as a recreational activity without any responsabilities. Abortion, lust and pornography walk are all from the same evil desires; to use the body of women as a sex toy!

  • Ken H

    I beg to differ with you, “Concerned Citizen” – it seems that the discussion was regarding late term abortions. She probably should have said “if I want to kill my baby, don’t stop me.” It sounds like the discussion was about terminating the life of a baby. I would say that the statement that she made, if it is accurately given, was out of line.

  • Ed

    A black legislator stands on the floor- representing other people of color- to debate bills reinstating levels of slavery.
    He says “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my physical labor capability, but ‘no’ means ‘no’.”

    And the next day they silence him and the other black legislator.
    And THAT IS the comparison.

  • Erin Hindes

    Thank goodness someone wants to start vagina monologues. Although the lawmakers are at best going about it the wrong way. In other words, why do you want to look and prob? I Just want someone to biopsy my vagina and have now been turned down, refused a diagnoses by three different doctors. It is little wonder the number of women who die from Ovarian and Uterus Cancer are staggering. If we cannot get timely testing how in the world will we EVER expect to get treatment? It is bad enough studies on the female reproductive organs only began less than twenty years ago…but why are we being REFUSED the very tests which, if done early enough could save our very lives? Now I have growths not only on my ovaries but on my Kidney’s and still the doctors refuse to biopsy to find out if they are malignant or beguine.
    BTW my father was born and raised in Detroit.

  • Guy

    This is just another pig that wants to have her cake and eat it, too. The life of an innocent third party has nothing to do with her vagina….. Had she exercised morality, and kept her vagina to herself, this wouldn’t even be an issue.

  • Guy

    Concerned Citizen, this isn’t about a woman’s body. It’s about the body of an innocent third party. Where does any woman get the right to murder this innocent third party? If a woman can have that right, then a husband should have the same right concerning his wife – what’s good for one is good for another! Or do you believe that life is arbitrary and you can pick and choose who is entitled to live?

  • Concerned Citizen

    You think that saying the word VAGINA is crude? That is tragic. You hate your own body so much that you are offended when someone names a part of it in a a discussion about what happens to it.

    • Sue from Buffalo

      “You think that saying the word VAGINA is crude? That is tragic. You hate your own body so much that you are offended when someone names a part of it in a a discussion about what happens to it.”

      It was not simply using the word but HOW she spoke of it. You assume a lot. And you’re very mistaken. This congresswoman also made a veiled reference to rape. Wasn’t that classy and so in keeping on topic? (insert sarcasm). CC, take the blinders off. Look at this for real. Killing a child that has a chance to be born safely after 20 weeks of gestation is inhuman. Do you really want to defend this?

  • Deacon Greg Kandra

    Seriously? If a male legislator had stood up in an assembly like that and said, “Frankly, I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my penis,” he would have been slapped with a sexual harassment complaint and forced to make a public apology — and maybe, even, lose his job.

    But here, it becomes a cause for free speech.


    • Sue from Buffalo

      Deacon Greg, I so agree with you. Double standards all the way. I’m really embarrassed for the stupidity of these women and those that would defend them.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Don’t you hate it when the imaginary people that you make up have such horrible double standards!

        • Sue from Buffalo

          Like I said. Time to grow up, kiddo.

          • Concerned Citizen

            Sorr, you are the ones who are invoking the imaginary people who would react with horror to mentions of male reproductive organs. If you have to resort to complaining about what imaginary people would do in an imaginary situation, then your calls for others to grow up make you look a little silly.

  • Lux et Veritas


    What does the term pro-choice actually mean? A woman’s right to choose– fill in the blanks, please! A right to choose what? A right to snuff out the life of an innocent baby? The right to torture unborn infants?  I agree that a woman should control her body; HOWEVER, she does not have the right to “control” (read that kill) a child growing in her womb. Does this child not have rights as well? 

    Did you ever stop to consider the pain that a baby feels when it has been ripped from the mother’s womb? Skeptical about an unborn child’s capacity to feel pain?  it has been clearly demonstrated that an 8 week fetus has already developed face skin receptors.

    On Thursday, members of a U.S. House subcommittee heard graphic testimony on a bill (H.R. 3803) prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy within the District of Columbia, explaining the extent to which preborn children have the capacity to feel the pain of being aborted. 

    Three doctors, including a former abortionist, testified.

    “In the neonatal intensive care unit, we can witness firsthand the change in vital signs associated with pain,” said Colleen Malloy, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology/Dept. Of Pediatrics, Northwestern University. Her testimony is on YouTube! I urge you to watch it – just a few minutes of your time.  Her statement: Http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/Hearings 2012/Malloy 05172012  

    Dr. Anthony Levatino, a gynecologist who estimates he performed more than 1,200 abortions before becoming pro-life, described in graphic terms abortions performed at the twenty-second week. Watch his compelling,  chilling 5/17/12 testimony on YouTube.

    The old argument that a fetus is just a mass of tissues is no longer a valid one. That’s old….
    New imaging technology disproves that notion. Don’t believe me? Watch the amazing video made by a professor of medicine at Yale. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/alexander_tsiaras_conception_to_birth_visualized.html

    Doesn’t it bother you that over 50 million babies have been killed in the US alone? 

  • Lux et Veritas

    Dear Concerned citizen,

    1) your statement re: double standards makes absolutely no sense at all! Who are these “imaginary” people? Would you mind further explaining your comment/
    2) What is your response to my comments? Did you watch the judicial hearings on YouTube & Dr. Tsiaras’ video? Surely you don’t think that these are “imaginary” people?

    And BTW, I can assure you Deacon Kandra is absolutely correct. I conduct sexual harassment training for faculty & staff at a major secular university. Not only would that person have a sexual harassment complaint lodged against him, but he would probably lose his position, too. And that also goes Congresswoman Lisa Brown!