The poem, by Katie Heim, was a hit with opponents of any abortion restrictions and has been reblogged extensively:
If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights,
You would ride on buses and fight all the fights.
If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care,
You wouldn’t spill all its secrets because, well, why go there.
If my vagina was a gun, you’d say what it holds is private
From cold dead hands we could pry, you surely would riot.
If my vagina was a gun, its rights would all be protected,
no matter the body count or the children affected.
If my vagina was a gun, I could bypass security,
concealed carry laws would ensure I’d have impunity.
If my vagina was a gun, I wouldn’t have to beg you,
I could hunt this great land and do all the things men do.
But my vagina is not a gun, it is a mightier thing,
With a voice that rings true making lawmakers’ ears ring.
Vaginas are not delicate, they are muscular and magic,
So stop messing with mine, with legislation that’s tragic.
My vagina’s here to demand from the source,
Listen to the voices of thousands or feel their full force.
April 28 at 12:00am until May 5 at 12:00am
Younger men and women may not remember the “good old days” when the only reproductive choice we had was to deny men access to sex. In truth, if we lose our hard won rights to medical care, birth control and pregnancy choice, it won’t only affect women. Men will have to …go back to the days when they waited for or paid for sex. This is issue impacts all of us. This strike is designed to make that point. Ask your man to speak up for your rights, because when we lose our reproductive choices, so do they.
Here’s a little history of sex strikes:
In the ancient Greek play Lysistrata, the women of Greece go on a sex strike to end the decades-long Peloponnesian War. Since then, many women around the world have gone on similar sex strikes to keep their men in line.
Most recently, women in Barbacoas, Colombia, an isolated town in the middle of the country, have vowed to keep their legs crossed until the government improves the unpaved roads that make traveling in the the dangerous, politically volatile region even more perilous.
The strike: The girlfriends of gang members in one of the country’s most violent cities, Pereira — with a murder rate at the time of 97 per 100,000 people — held a “strike of crossed legs,” giving their men the choice between giving up weapons or giving up sex. “We want them to know that violence is not sexy,” said Jennifer Bayer, an 18-year-old girlfriend of a gang member.
The outcome: In 2010, Pereira’s murder rate dropped by 26.5 percent, the steepest decline in the country.
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