Banned Indefinitely For Saying “Vagina”???????

Posted: June 15, 2012 in Policy

From Merriam-Webster: Vagina (noun) – a canal in a female mammal that leads from the uterus to the external orifice opening into the vestibule between the labia minora.

Vagina is an anatomically, medically correct term, and yet Lisa Brown, a female Representative from Michigan, was banned from speaking on the House floor today for her “offensive” language when speaking yesterday in opposition to a controversial anti-abortion bill brought forth by Republican member Bruce Rendon. Brown’s comment, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no,” got her banned indefinitely from speaking for “failing to maintain the decorum” of the House of Representatives.

A spokesman for Speaker of the House Bolger stated: “It is the responsibility of the Majority Floor Leader, the presiding officer and every Representative to maintain the decorum of the House…The only way we can continue doing so, however, is to ensure that the proper level of maturity and civility are maintained on the House floor.” Really? Really? Maturity? Isn’t maturity being able to handle someone saying a correct medical term? I mean, what would the House Republicans in MI prefer the vagina to be called? No no area? Special place? Private parts? I’m pretty sure I learned all about the vagina in my 4th grade sex-ed class, and if 4th graders can handle the word, surely elected officials, who mind you are supposed to be helping put MI’s economy back together, can handle the word. At a press conference Brown also wondered what word she is supposed to use, she asks: “If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?…What language should I use?”

Shane Wikfors, head spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party, stated that the two women who wrote a newspaper article critical of the “hijacking” of the Republican Party by special interests and social issues ” had gone off to have a “bitch session.” From Talking Points Memo: “Wikfors defended his use of the phrase in an interview Wednesday with Phoenix television station KTVK. “It’s a colloquialism,” he said. “It’s universally used.” Now I realize a blog is different from the floor of the State House, but still, if a male Republican can say bitch because it is universally used and a colloquialism, a female Democrat should definitely be able to say vagina, a word that is also universally used and one that does not have to be identified in dictionaries by the abbreviation colloq.

The Detroit Free Press reports: The House bill, passed on a 70-39 vote, provides for sweeping new regulations and insurance requirements for abortion providers, makes it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion and regulates the disposal of fetal remains. It won’t be taken up in the state Senate until at least September. A companion bill that would have outlawed abortions past 20 weeks, with only an exception to save the life of the mother, was tabled by the House.

At a press conferencee, Brown defended her comments: “Maybe they are banning me because I dared say ‘vagina,’ the correct, medical name of a part of a woman’s anatomy these lawmakers are trying to regulate,” she said. “I’m outraged. I’m outraged that this legislative body not only wants to dictate what women can do, but what we can say.”

I am outraged too! Outraged that Republicans continue to legislate against women’s rights, outraged that elected officials cannot even handle medically correct terminology, and outraged at the small number of House Democrats who voted for the bill (all men mind you). A line from the Boy Sets Fire song After the Eulogy comes to mind pretty much anytime a woman’s right to choose is attacked, “Where’s your anger? Where’s your fucking rage?” I know where my anger and rage are, now what about the rest of the women of MI, will they continue to vote people into office who would rather regulate a woman’s body, and for that matter how she refers to it, than pass legislation to help the residents of MI? The song continues: “Rise! Rise!”

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