Shannon

Vaginas (and vagina supporters!) are taking over the Capitol!

Let’s just start with the word vagina.

Vagina.

It sounds like an infection at best.

Maybe a medical instrument.

“hurry, nurse, bring me the vagina.”

Vagina.

Vagina.

-excerpt from “Introduction”, The Vagina Monologues

For those of you that know me in person (or IRL in internet speak!) you know how much Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues has impacted my life. I have been an outspoken advocate for the V-Day movement and this play since high school, even taking the plunge to become an actress in the MSU production for three years of my college career, then directing upon my return to Lansing in 2007.  Continue reading

Shannon

Women are watching …AND WE VOTE!

Protesting at the Capitol.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to bike down to the State Capitol and participate in a protest against House Bills 5711-5712-5713, known to most as the Super-Anti-Abortion legislation being catapaulted through state government at unusually rapid speed.

Now, while I recognize that not all of you will agree with my political point of view on this, I think that what is important is that we are all aware of legislation affecting our state and that we celebrate the fact that we live so close to where it all goes down- giving us the opportunity to make our voices heard when we feel necessary and take part in the democratic process! I mean, how wonderful is it that I am able to hop on my bicycle, pedal a mere 2 miles, and join my fellow women standing in opposition to harmful bills, and truely proclaim “this is what democracy looks like!” Continue reading

Shannon

SlutWalk. Love it or Hate it, it’s coming to Lansing.

I have been torn on the idea of writing a post on the SlutWalk movement for months, but decided that since the movement is coming to the Lansing area (tomorrow, in fact!) I would share some information on it. The idea behind the SlutWalk is one that I whole heartedly support, to end victim-blaming in instances of sexual assault. However, there are definitely elements within this movement that leave me questioning the inclusiveness, which I plan to explore, but first want to give some background on the movement itself.

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Ken

City Council Candidate: Rory Neuner

Knocking on doors and canvassing all four wards in Lansing on top of a full-time job isn’t easy. It requires a lot of mental and physical toughness, and a hell of a lot of energy. But if there are any adjectives that best describe Rory Neuner, those three might just be the ones that do. How else would you describe a woman who grew up playing hockey in boys’ leagues and played on the college varsity squad all four years?

Not to mention someone who enjoys four-hour bike rides.

Born and raised in Haslett, Rory loves the state and region she is from. However, it didn’t quite have everything she needed to stick around for college, i.e., a school with a women’s hockey team. So she packed her bags and headed for Connecticut, where she played hockey for Yale University and discovered her love for community development.

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Shannon

Opinion Piece: Hey Lansing, are you pissed off yet?!

I know I sure am. Being that we live right in the midst of all the state-wide action, politically that is, I am sure you have all had the chance to witness, or at least hear about, one of the many rallies that have been taking place on the steps of our capitol. You may be asking yourself, “Why is there suddenly so much commotion around our capitol city?”. Well, I am going to take the opportunity to break it down for you all in the hopes that if you are not yet pissed off about the direction our state is taking, you will be by the end of this post. Continue reading