So if you’ve been paying attention to twitter and vagina’s recently you may have noticed the fun phenomenon of Twitter Hashtag #vaginamovielines which resulted in me not getting a whole lot of work done on Friday afternoon other than pretty constant giggling in the direction of my computer screen. The story goes that on the 14th of June, Michigan house representative Lisa Brown was ejected from the house floor for using the word vagina in her attack on the current abortion law reform underway in that state (and most of the rest of the country).
#vaginamovielines came out with some classic lines such as
“keep your friends close but your vaginas closer”
“Luke! if you go in that quickly will you be able to pull out in time?!”
In true feminaust tradition I took this little gem away on holiday with me this weekend and of course it grew and developed firstly into #vaginamovietitles, including some of my favrourites;
He died with a felafel in his vagina
Girls just want to have vagina
The Curious Vagina of Benjamin Button
and then onwards and upwards to #vaginasongtitles
Love is a vagina-field
While my vagina gently weeps
and continuing to #vaginasonglyrics
Hey! Ho! Let’s Vagina!
Vagina of 69′
as you can imagine this just went on and on, from the car driving down to the coast, into the pub at dinner and back to the house to join up with other weekenders. While it’s fair enough to say that I just really wanted to share with you the amount of vagina talk i’ve been enjoying this weekend, there is a message involved in all this shenanigan-making.
The first was the simple idea that a woman could be censured and prevented from performing her duties as an elected official just because she used a word that accurately describes a piece of anatomy that 51% of the world possess (including the person in question).
The second is that while we weren’t kicked out of the Airey’s Inlet Pub for saying vagina… a lot, we did cause some stirring of adjacent punters and that in and of itself is a problem, a problem for all of the vagina owning humans of the planet. As a lot of people have been saying in the US recently
if you can’t say it, you shouldn’t be legislating it
You can see the footage of the offence in action here and read more about it here as well as of course getting involved in the debate anywhere you feel like it all across the fabulous interwebs (including in the comments section below).
My personal perspective was highlighted to me when I realised that some of the best #vaginamovietitles that I could come up with was also some of the worst.
Fear of the Vagina, both the word and the thing, is a patriarchal instrument of oppression designed to prevent women from participating. So I have invented The Patriarchal Film Festival to remind us all why we need to keep fighting, keep talking and keep saying VAGINA!!!!!! xxx
Pray the Vagina Back to Hell (see Pray the Devil Back to Hell) is the patriarchal response to the women’s movement and feminism in general. Directed by this person PTVBTH is a frank and fearless look at the systems and structures that modern men are implementing to prevent women’s active and full participation in the world. Interviews with top patriarchal economists, misogynist activists and grassroots-sexism campaigners exposes the reality of the risks that equality and justice for women pose. Sometimes challenging, sometimes confronting and always insulting, PTVBTH reveals the shocking truth of a world without male supremacy.
Fear and Loathing in Vagina is the story of one man’s journey to prevent women’s free and safe access to abortion services in Australia. Starring this guy from Queensland who grew a crop of weed reportedly worth $68 million to fund his anti-abortion campaign and a stellar cast of religious bigots, conservative woman haters and George Pell, this political roadtrip movie will leave you on the edge of your seat, clenching your vag in suspense.
Texas Chainsaw Vagina is an alegorical thriller revealing the hidden dangers of vagina love. One small town in Texas learns the hard way that giving women political power will only end in death and destruction.
The Patriarchal Film Festival is touring now, check your street press for details.
Image taken from bmiller1710‘s photostream on Flickr under Creative Commons Licence.