How can you have a discussion about something without mentioning it? Without calling it by its name? Without calling a spade a spade or a vagina a vagina?
Because that’s what happened in the Michigan State Senate. No, no, no, it didn’t happen during the reign of Queen Victoria.
No it happened Wednesday, June 13. 2012. Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown said the word “vagina.” It’s true. Imagine that! During a debate on abortion, she uttered the “V” word right there on the floor of the legislature and was banned from speaking, from offering amendments, from doing her job.
According to a story in The Detroit News,
Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas, R-Midland, determined Brown’s comments violated the decorum of the House, said Ari Adler, spokesman for the Republican majority.
And other Republicans agreed:
“What she said was offensive,” said Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville. “It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.”
Again, according to the Detroit news article,
“If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?” Brown said at a press conference. “What language should I use?”
Why is it that Republicans are so willing to legislate on sex including who does it and its various outcomes, but they can’t say the word? How can you have a debate if you can’t mention the subject? Oh, I guess that’s the point.
Isn’t it time for these powerful GOP members to grow up? Say it with me boys, it’s not hard “V-A-G-I-N-A.”
And isn’t it time that we voters start paying attention to the views of people we vote for and not just listen to all the bullshit?