All set up at the We Will Not Yield event t Butterfly Bar in Austin! Come say Hi and snag a Stand With Texas Grrrls tee — $5 of each sale benefits the Whole Woman’s Texas Action Fund. I’ll also have copies of the Summer ‘14 issue and I <3 Grrrls sunglasses High-res

All set up at the We Will Not Yield event t Butterfly Bar in Austin! Come say Hi and snag a Stand With Texas Grrrls tee — $5 of each sale benefits the Whole Woman’s Texas Action Fund. I’ll also have copies of the Summer ‘14 issue and I <3 Grrrls sunglasses

One Year Later

June 25, 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of Wendy Davis’s 11-hour filibuster of HB2/SB5 and I’m just as filled with excitement and fear and joy and sadness as I was a year ago.

A quick run-down of what this bill means for Texans: all but a few abortion clinics in Texas will be shuttered, abortions after 20 weeks are illegal (the bill has no exceptions for victims of rape or incest), doctors must obtain the difficult-to-obtain admitting privileges to a nearby hospital, and outdated dosing procedures for the abortion pill. 

This time last year, I’d already been through the testimonies for the House State Affairs committee, sitting in the front row on my laptop tweeting out bits of personal stories, Rep. Byron Cook’s calling those stories “repetitive”, and the reactions when he announced that he would be cutting the meeting short without allowing all registered speakers to testify. I’d already been through the bill’s passage in the House, crying in the Capitol’s hallways at 3:45am with hundreds of others as the likes of Rep. Jessica Farrar and Rep. Senfronia Thompson thanked us for our fight.

On the morning of June 25, I took off work, put on my orange Stand With Texas Women shirt, and packed my phone, laptop, and chargers. I felt certain that if the bill could pass through the House then it would pass through the Senate, but I was going to be there when it did. I was going to sit in the Gallery with hundreds of other Texans (along with the hundreds outside) and watch the senators vote against our physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

For 13 hours, I tweeted updates from my seat in the Gallery above Lt. Governor David Dewhurst’s desk. I silently joked and silently cried and silently mouthed my reactions with my neighbors. For 11 hours, Davis read personal testimonies (none of which felt “repetitive”, Byron). Again and again, opposing senators asked her to pause and submit to questioning. Her response: I Will Not Yield.

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girl, boy

you are a girl. you are a girl

you are a girl you are a girl you are a girl am

i am i no, heavens no

girls are pretty beautiful

pristine clean

not me not me

they call me cara they call me abagail they call me burch

you are a girl you are female you are

STOP ACTING THIS WAY

challenging a binary, the ultimate act of violence.

you were growing you were friendless

i am bulgy i am gross no one will

ever have you

you are a girl,

oh how i got so restless.

you were older i am older

i am thinner so close to being

another pretty girl, catching boys

and butterflies and husbands and babies…

I just might be here.

look what i’ve found! some one

to take me on to have

me “i need you, i need you,

oh baby, oh baby…”

please put your hand up

my skirt give me your hard

dick make me another

PRETTY GIRL

DAMN you get it in FIX ME

FIX me i pleaded with him

with them, there were many

GET IT IN!

when i realize i don’t want it in, take it

out get OFF me i became alarmed…

no, no, nononoNO take it out

take it out

"no, we will not take it out we will

make you a pretty girl

just as you asked as you

begged you WANTED it,

you needed us oh baby”

no no nO NO STOP.

some people like babies more than i do.

how am i supposed to want them when

some people won’t stop?

"you are a girl."

no, i’m not.

i am a biologically she

intrinsically he.

i am a boy.

— By Max Duvall  

Join Vagina and Whole Woman&#8217;s Health tonight at Cheer Up Charlie&#8217;s for the June installment of The Monthly Cycle! We&#8217;ll be screening 10 Things I Hate About You and raffling off some great prizes to benefit WWH&#8217;s Texas Action Fund, a non-profit entity that helps ensure access to safe abortion care for Texans. I&#8217;ll be raffling off two Vagina goodie bags filled with tank tops, sunglasses, koozies, and shop rags! What&#8217;s more, 100% of sunglasses sales will benefit the TAF along with 25% of all other Vagina goods. See y&#8217;all tonight!
Where: Cheer Up Charlie&#8217;s in Austin
When: Doors at 7pm, Movie at 8pm
Why: HB2 has already shuttered 15 of the 36 abortion clinics in Texas. As of September 1, 2014, Texans will only have 6 clinics available for legal (and safe) abortion care. High-res

Join Vagina and Whole Woman’s Health tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s for the June installment of The Monthly Cycle! We’ll be screening 10 Things I Hate About You and raffling off some great prizes to benefit WWH’s Texas Action Fund, a non-profit entity that helps ensure access to safe abortion care for Texans. I’ll be raffling off two Vagina goodie bags filled with tank tops, sunglasses, koozies, and shop rags! What’s more, 100% of sunglasses sales will benefit the TAF along with 25% of all other Vagina goods. See y’all tonight!

Where: Cheer Up Charlie’s in Austin

When: Doors at 7pm, Movie at 8pm

Why: HB2 has already shuttered 15 of the 36 abortion clinics in Texas. As of September 1, 2014, Texans will only have 6 clinics available for legal (and safe) abortion care.

Taking a Long, Hard Look at my Love Life

I am a twenty-two-year-old American female with a lackluster love life.  No man has ever left me feeling as satisfied as I have after a plate of tacos.  My first sexual experience occurred when my veins were full of alcohol and my brain lacked any inhibition. I woke up the next morning to go to work and haphazardly pulled my clothes off the floor. He walked me out of his house and then he walked out of my life.

I’m not bitter about this or my other sexual encounters. There’s a little bit of spit-swapping, he gets frisky, and I signal when I’m done. Here’s another thing I’m done with: being unsatisfied. I’ve given in to guys and on occasion I’ve had them take a half hour commute to give in to me.

Sex really doesn’t mean anything to me. I haven’t met a man who could match my sarcasm, video game knowledge, or love for soccer. I’ve made a promise to myself to wait to have sex again. I want it to be something special and mainly I just want to see what the fuss is about. There has to be a reason why people have been doing this for years and there has to be inspiration behind all those dirty songs (“Ignition” by R. Kelly anyone?). I’m waiting for someone to make this girl a believer.

I’ve recently taken a new job and everyday on lunch the same coworker complains about her love life. She mentions all the characters she has currently been talking to and her exes are frequently brought up as well. I find myself gritting my teeth in between the chewing of my turkey wrap. I feel like I’m suffering in silence as she harshly accounts what happened on her last date. But then I realize that I would be no happier if I were in her position. Multitudes of meaningless dates could never be as significant as a few seconds with someone that you truly connect with.  

I’m not solely pointing the finger at all the men I’ve been with. I know I am to blame for my heaps of disappointment. I still slept with the man that left me to walk home by myself. I shrugged off the instance when another called me the dreaded c-word. I couldn’t get another to commit to a relationship so I told myself I was fine with a couple romps in the sheets. These men have not been good enough for me. What is more important is that I have made myself believe that I did not deserve better. 

As I said I’m going to wait and I’m happy doing this even if it means I find myself in a committed relationship with my Xbox. I’ll keep strapping on my sweatpants and firing up my Netflix account when most people are on date night. I think more women need to tell themselves that they would rather be lonely than miserable in a relationship. 

— By April Ann

Thanks to everyone who sponsored Vagina's Spring ‘14 issue! If you’re interested in sponsoring the Summer ‘14 issue, email me at Hillary-Anne (at) TheVaginaZine.com by June 30 High-res

Thanks to everyone who sponsored Vagina's Spring ‘14 issue! If you’re interested in sponsoring the Summer ‘14 issue, email me at Hillary-Anne (at) TheVaginaZine.com by June 30

In the Dark

 For my mother 

Years before a single pube would sprout,

two boys, her cousins, overcame her.

It was in her mother’s house. It was in

the room she shared with her sisters.

Her sisters were there in their beds

asleep (allegedly) when it happened.

This is how it happened, I think.

One boy slid off her covers, slid her

down off her pillow by her ankles

as the other boy climbed into her mouth

gagging her with his weedy peen, grunting

maybe, and the one sliding off all her armor

slipped his shiny garden hose into her bud

where he pumped and pumped for half an hour

and never heard her cry, and when they finished,

when they were all leaked out and sweaty,

they laughed, zipped up, and maybe high-fived.

They left her in the dark, not even the moon’s

light to cast a shadow on her bed. They left her

in the dark, and that is where she stayed.

— By Nancy Lili Gonzalez

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Interested in sharing your small biz with Vagina’s international fan base? How about supporting the creative work of women around the world? Half-page ads in the Summer ‘14 are just $25! Email me at Hillary-Anne (at) TheVaginaZine.com for more information

In celebration of singlehood, I&#8217;m having a sale in Vagina&#8217;s Etsy shop today! Whether you&#8217;re a bachelorette or not, enter the promo code Bachelorette to receive 25% off your entire order today because I love you.  High-res

In celebration of singlehood, I’m having a sale in Vagina’s Etsy shop today! Whether you’re a bachelorette or not, enter the promo code Bachelorette to receive 25% off your entire order today because I love you. 

That epic babe Lindsay Eyth is responsible for the hand lettering for Vagina&#8217;s Spring &#8216;14 cover and for designing the poster for next Wednesday&#8217;s We Will Not Yield event &#8212; a celebration of the one year anniversary of the Wendy Davis filibuster. Hope to see you all there! High-res

That epic babe Lindsay Eyth is responsible for the hand lettering for Vagina’s Spring ‘14 cover and for designing the poster for next Wednesday’s We Will Not Yield event — a celebration of the one year anniversary of the Wendy Davis filibuster. Hope to see you all there!

Hey, ladies! I&#8217;ll be cutting off the All-Grrrls Summer Camp registration for tank tops today at 3pm. You&#8217;re still welcome to sign up for admission//snacks but if you want a rad camp shirt screen printed by the boys at Fine Southern Gentlemen, make sure you register by 3pm. More info//link to tickets at TheVaginaZine.com/Camp High-res

Hey, ladies! I’ll be cutting off the All-Grrrls Summer Camp registration for tank tops today at 3pm. You’re still welcome to sign up for admission//snacks but if you want a rad camp shirt screen printed by the boys at Fine Southern Gentlemen, make sure you register by 3pm. More info//link to tickets at TheVaginaZine.com/Camp