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Update from Michigan: Vagina Voices

August 3, 2012

Last weekend was the event VaVaVoom: Vaginas-Voice-Vote-Victory, which included an open-mic, political action/letter writing, and an art making station.

Dope design credits go to Sofija Dutcher

 

 

The open-mic sought to center women’s lived experiences in our bodies, and the choices we make about them. By sharing these stories we shed light on the complexity of issues women face and the need to fight for sovereignty over our bodies, our health and our choices.

We asked anyone who wanted to participate to respond to the prompt: “Our Choices: Personal stories about women’s rights, bodies and lives.” I thought it was particularly interesting to hear the stories of (and to organize with) activists who were older than me. So many had the reaction: We have to fight for this… AGAIN?

I particularly liked Laurie’s piece “Unoccupy My Womb”:

 

And my one of my oldest friends, Re, eloquently shared xir story about demanding xir right to body sovereignty (so proud!):

 

More videos are at the Lansing Area NOW’s website.

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