You guys you guys you guys!
So, when I said "the fates have aligned to create a vag-theme in my life this week," what I really meant was "OMG I AM SO TOTALLY EXCITED TO GO OUT IN PUBLIC WEARING A VULVA ON MY SHIRT ON THURSDAY!"
Let me explain. One of the best things about being in policy school is that all of my school friends get geeky about the same stuff (You should have seen the Facebook status updates on Sunday night after the House passed the health care reform bill. Yes, I was up drinking wine and watching the Senate debate/vote. Wasn't that what everyone was doing? No?)*
Sometimes the policy-geekiness really pays off. For example, one of my friends from school is really active in the reproductive rights field here in the Twin Cities. She is also a beer-and-cheese-loving Wisconsinite with a penchant for cutthroat competition. And what do you get when you cross the Midwest with fundraising for reproductive rights?
A PRO-CHOICE BOWL-A-THON!
Yea, you read that right. There is a pro-choice resource center here in the Twin Cities that is holding a "Pro-Choice Bowl-a-Thon" to raise money for their organization. Basically, you make a bowling team, try and get people to sponsor you in the weeks leading up to the event...and then you bowl. The event is historically fun and a wee bit crazy - there are always great team names and general shenanigans. When my friend got word of the event she signed us up for a team instantly. Then we had this conversation (basically):
Friend: So, you have to be on our bowling team to raise money for this pro-choice organization. Our team name is The Lady Parts.
MWK: What? Okay...
Friend: Oh, also we are getting pink t-shirts with a cartoon vagina (sssh. vulva) on them and each team member has to come up with a slang word for"lady part" that will be their nickname and go on the back of their shirt.**
So, this Thursday, just in time for Vagina week, I will be sporting this lovely frock*** while bowling my way to greater reproductive freedoms for one and all:
(Cooter was my go-to term all through high school, although I have no idea why. It seemed fitting to use it for my shirt.)
Isn't she lovely?
Wish me luck!
*Sometimes I wish that I was a little less obvious in my political leanings on this blog, because I would like everyone who happens to read it to feel welcome and respected. But...I'm a policy student! I have opinions! However, if you happen to disagree with some of the political leanings that I not-so-subtly-allude to please know that you are still welcome around here. Unless you are a Tea Party person. Then you can F*%K off.
** I know, I know, technically this is counter to my goal to make people accept the word vagina. But! My male friends are going to be wearing t-shirts with vaginas on them that say things like "Bits and Pieces" on the back. That is too good.
*** We got the shirts this weekend, and I'm not gonna lie, I have been really excited to show them to you (and to reveal my Lady Part code-name).