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Action at MI State Capitol in Lansing to protest

On June 18, 2012, a cultural/political protest took place on the Michigan State Capitol Steps in Lansing featuring Eve Ensler, Michigan Senators and Representatives, local activists, and actors. The event was part of an organized response to the June 14th banning of Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown from publicly speaking in the House. Rep. Brown was banned by House Speaker Jase Bolger and House Republicans for using the word "vagina" during a debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers.

Women As Public Intellectuals: The Legacies of Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan

A much shorter version of these remarks was given on November 8, 2011 at the 2011 Jane Jacobs Forum, hosted by the Municipal Arts Society at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. The Forum was titled "Women As Public Intellectuals" and featured me, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Sally Helgesen. The moderator was Robin Pogebrin. In considering the legacies of Jane Jacobs, Betty Friedan and Rachel Carson we might start with a political analysis of three threshold concepts: public, intellectual and woman. But it is the word “as” in the title of tonight’s program that interests me most: women as public intellectuals. As is a powerful little word. Commonly, it [...]

The Military’s Gender Troubles

Gay men and women can now be open in the military. I worked for this moment for more than two decades and acknowledge that I feel relieved at the outcome – literally tens of thousands of people will not need to live in fear anymore. But my sense of accomplishment is tempered by both an underlying ambivalence about the pain that military service extracts from those involved, by the sobering reality of the experience of women in the military and by the continued exclusion of transgender people. I am anti-war in almost all situations, and have felt so mixed as I’ve worked for military reform over the past several decades. But what kept me pushing for inclusion was the experience [...]

Mapping The Future of Choice: Sex, Love and Birth Control in the 21st Century

"If silence on questions of values, or questions of sexual freedom, was necessary at one point or political expedient at another, let us be clear that in the next century it is not adaptive. A version of this presentation was at the Planned Parenthood Conference called Mapping The Future of Choice on January 21, 1998. Copyright 1998 Urvashi Vaid Inviting a lesbian activist to speak about Sex, Love and Birth Control is a bit like asking a Priest, both know more than you might think about the subject. It is one of the ironies of history that the movement I come out ~ the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement ~ focuses far more on love and birth today than it does on sexual [...]

Reading the Feminist Classics on the Street – 7.21.10

Inspired by one of those dinner moments where someone says “we should do this,” and then you do, some friends and I are doing street readings of feminist classics – the texts that shattered ways of thinking about women and men’s roles, gender, sexuality and the structures of the world that reinforce how we live out gender. These readings are taking place on the summer streets of Provincetown as a range of people walk or ride by every few minutes (more video excerpts are on my facebook page). We started by reading from the new translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s epic The Second Sex. I love the confidence in de Beauvoir’s writing – it is unequivocal, authoritative, [...]