A vagina is a pretty intimidating thing. In fact, the word itself is so offensive to the Republicans in the Michigan State House that they barred Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after she uttered the anatomically correct term. Good grief. Could this move by the Republicans be any more blatantly sexist?
Rep. Lisa Brown, a Democrat, was making a speech against an abortion bill earlier this week. The proposed bill would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, and put other new regulations on abortion providers. Brown’s argument was for therapeutic abortionsÂ—only for mothers whose lives are in danger, “without regard to length of pregnancy.” Brown asked the old curmudgeons of the House why they were insisting that she adopt their religious beliefs while she was not asking them to do the same.
Then, Lisa brown said something that really angered them. She said: “And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.'” At least her comment got them to listenÂ—even if it also got her kicked out. Rep. Mike Callton said: “What she said…was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.” This is laughableÂ—he wouldn’t say it in front of women? And what’s so offensive about it? It’s time someone told Callton that every woman has one (and it’s pretty worrisome if he doesn’t know that).
The men of the Michigan State house are cowards, and threatened by powerful womenÂ—what other explanation could there be for their fear of the “V” word? True, Brown said it to get their attention, but it was hardly inappropriate. After all, they were talking about abortion, which, however they might want to skirt around the issue (no pun intended)Â—abortion involves a woman’s anatomy…just a little bit.
These men should all be forced to sit through repeated showings of the Vagina Monologues until the word no longer makes them uncomfortable. They are trying to silence women, so hopefully people like Lisa Brown will keep speaking up.
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