"If My Vagina Was a Gun" by Katie Heim from Austin, Texas
I just LOVE this, it's powerful, to the point, and addresses the Texas Legislature in passing strict abortion laws that would ban abortions in most of the state. I feel it's a powerful piece....and speaks to how women's bodies are being so regulated, while folks get to carry guns that actually KILL and we still can't pass strong gun control laws to stop the killings! -M.A.
people stepped up to testify before the Texas Senate committee on the
restrictive abortion law, which would essentially ban abortions in most
of the state. One stood out as Katie Heim from Austin bravely gave her
testimony before the committee in the form of a poem titled, “If My
Vagina Was a Gun.”
“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 vaginas 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.”
Martial artist since 1974, teach and share women's rituals, Amazon Priestess, DykeAmazon Warrior, work with my hands, enjoy writing, nature, Butch on Butch, playing music, drumming, keyboards, collages, creativity, environmentalism and politics.