University of Cincinnati student groups are displaying images of female genitalia on the UC main campus today and Friday in protest of previous anti-abortion demonstrations on the campus.
The display, titled “Re-envisioning the Female Body,” includes 12 4-by-6-foot images of some female students’ genitals. It is being sponsored by the UC Feminist and LGBTQ student groups. The images are displayed on McMicken Commons, close to but not visible from Clifton Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Quotes from the models concerning women’s issues – specifically in the areas of health care and abortion – accompany the posters.
Many of the models said this expression is empowering for them. Sarah Coressel, one of the student models for the display, said she was nervous prior to the start of the event, but is proud to be a part of it now.
“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.
The groups organizing the protest said on a Facebook page that the protest is in response to large images of aborted fetuses shown on campus in recent years.