Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard about Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown (D) being silenced for saying the word “vagina” on the House floor when debating a health bill that sought to put the life of a 20 week old fetus above the life of the mother. (The story and video can be found here and further video of other women fighting this bill can be found here)
She was removed from the House floor and barred from participating in any further debate on this bill because the word she used was deemed “offensive” and one that the Speaker “would not use in mixed company.”
What word do you use, sir?
Pussy? Snatch? Bearded clam? Cooter? Beaver? Cunt? The Promised Land? Puntang? Roast Beef Curtains? Lunchmeat? Meat wallet? Down there? Vajayjay? Twat? Vadge? Verticle Smile? Whispering Eye?
Quivering mound of love pudding?
What other word would the Speaker have chosen for discussing a medical bill about medical issues to do with a woman?
See, I think that the Speaker doesn’t think about vaginas in a physcial sense. He certainly never talks about them – unless he’s talking about legislating them.
It seems that the Speaker and his ultra Conservative right-wing friends wish to legislate women’s vaginas, but not mention them. Like they are something nasty and naughty.
The medical term for vagina is “vagina.”
And, Mr. Speaker, you should take note that a bunch of your constituents have them. And we use them.
Sometimes we use them all by ourselves. Something that is sometimes more satisfying than using them with our partners.
I mean, it’s like reading a book. You don’t always want to read the book aloud to be shared by all and sundry.
It’s kind of funny, too, Mr. Speaker, that those of us with vaginas have brains. And we have opinions. It may be a news flash to you that we use our brains to form opinions and then we use those opinions to guide us at the polls.
When you ban a woman from speaking out about a health bill that will clearly impact her, and other women’s, health for using a medical term describing what you are trying to legislate, other
vaginas women may get upset and not vote you back into office.
Another point, Mr. Speaker, that I would like to make. Why in the world is a very partisan group like Right to Life helping you write legislation? This point was brought up on the floor by Rep. Dian Slavens (D). Right to Life is an ultra-right wing conservative pro-life group that does not have the best interests of
vaginas women in mind when constructing legislation. They care only for the fetuses at the detriment to the vagina’s women’s health.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a proponent of abortion. I’m a proponent of women being able to make the best health care choices for them, without any kind of legislation barring them from any choice that they may want to make.
If this includes an abortion due to circumstances like incest or rape, or because carrying the baby will create a major health problem for the mother, then they should have a safe option for getting that procedure done.
To bar a woman from participating in any kind of debate about the health care choices of their vaginas because they use the medical term “vagina,” is ridiculous.
It’s be like telling the Viagra people that they couldn’t say “erection” in their marketing campaign.
I find it ludicrous that you don’t want to hear the word “vagina” because it is so offensive to you, yet you insist upon trying to legislate it to the nth degree.
If you cannot bring yourself to say the word “vagina” in mixed company, then maybe you should keep out of every vagina in your State until you’re invited to occupy it.
No vaginas were harmed in the making of this post. All slang used in this post can be found here.