I found this great article The University of Cincinnati and there new campus project entitled Re-envisioning the Female Body, which is a response to a anti-abortion activists. The anti-abortion activists used pictures of mutilated fetuses and genocide victims to relay the message that abortion is comparable to the Holocaust. The Re-envisioning the Female Body displayed twelve large pictures of vaginas to encourage a discussion about the discrimination and exploitation of the female body. A model who posed for one on the posters said that she was nervous at first but then felt empowered and proud of the message being sent. I love the response by the University of Cincinnati. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, it is our right, by doing a pro-choice demonstration in a tasteful way that would get people talking was a great approach. It is a women’s right to choose what happens to her body, not a religions or a governments. Always remember that. The University of Cincinnati has given the green light to a pro-choice group to put on an outdoor display of female genitalia posters on campus amid vocal opposition from anti-abortion activists. The college’s LGBTQ Alliance and UC Feminists say the 12 photos of vaginas are meant to cause discussion aimed at discrimination and exploitation of women’s bodies. The project called Re-envisioning the Female Body also wants to counter a pro-life demonstration on campus last year that featured giant posters of aborted fetuses. Critics of the temporary display held Thursday and Friday have complained that is pandering obscenity, which is a felony, and could be viewed by young children. University President Santa Ono called the event a ‘teachable moment,’ saying in a statement that UC is an academic community where ideas and images are analyzed and debated, however controversial and complex they might be. He also says the school is a public institution obligated to protect the right to free speech under the First Amendment. The controversial exhibit includes a dozen 4-by-6-foot images of some female students’ genitals displayed from an ‘ironically medical perspective,’ with the legs fully spread as if during a gynecological checkup. The posters are accompanied by quotes from the models regarding women’s health care, abortion and their personal gripes with matters of sexual identity. Sarah Coressel, one of the students who posed for the exhibit, told Cincinnati.com that she was nervous before the project got under way, but felt empowered and proud in the end. ‘I’ve never really been comfortable with myself, and this is kind of me taking my body into my own hands and saying, “This is what I can do and I can do it if I want to,”‘ Coressel said. In their Facebook manifesto laying out the ideas behind the project, the organizers said that the display is in response to the gruesome images of fetuses brought to UC’s campus by the pro-life Genocide Awareness Project. ‘Their billboard sized photographs equated mutilated fetuses with genocide victims in an effort to shame women, comparing reproductive choice to holocaust,’ the statement read. ‘Our demonstration serves to call attention to the vagina as a site of conflict in medical, legislative, domestic, and representational arenas. ‘Its purpose is to incite conversation about the objectification, exploitation, and discrimination of women’s bodies in advertising, health care, reproductive rights, and queer identities.’ While many who came out to view the exhibit this week applauded the university for allowing the images of genitalia to be shown in public, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a watchdog group that rates the state of free speech in US colleges, gave UC a poor rating in its 2013 report. On Thursday, representatives from the Collegiate Ministry Association stood outside the display offering to talk to students who may have been upset or offended by the photos. The UC Students For Life group had tried to clamp down on the display before it went up, saying the billboards have no purpose other than ‘shock value.’ ‘It’s just pornographic,’ vice president of the anti-abortion group, Annmarie Condit, told WCPO. ‘All this display was going to do is promote a rape culture on campus. These pictures look at women the way a rapist would look at them.’ In a letter given to UC President Ono and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, an attorney for UC Students For Life wrote, ‘the billboards are a clear violation of Ohio law,’ according to a press release. By the way, if this information interests you, check out The Women’s Issue! Our digital magazine is full of empowering projects and news!