The state of Michigan is in a bit of a political turmoil which has been brought on by the state's Good Old Boys' Club, aka the Michigan State Legislature. It seems the legislature, which is over 75 % male in a state where females are in the majority, was busy trying to legislate some more draconian abortion-limiting legislation when an uppity woman, Democratic Representative Lisa Brown, managed to get the floor to speak against the bills under consideration. Rep. Brown ended her remarks by stating, "I'm flattered you're all so interested in my vagina. But no means no."
The next day when Rep. Brown showed up at her duly elected post to comment on some other bills before the legislature, she learned that the Republican majority had cut her off from commenting for one day due to her "lack of decorum" on the previous day. Also barred from speaking for a day was Democratic Representative Barb Byrum for putting forth a proposal that a man be required to prove that his life was in danger before he could get a vasectomy.
Goose - gander, folks. Goose - gander.
One Republican representative by the name of Mike Callon (a middle-aged white male, of course) in speaking about Rep. Brown's lack of decorum said that her choice of words was "so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company."
Is there a term or word that Rep. Callon would use? Of the several words that I personally have heard to reference a woman's hoo-ha, vagina is by far the most sterile and least offensive.
But the Republican sensibilities prevailed and the two potty-mouthed women were silenced so that the men in the legislature could make calm and rational decisions about women's bodies without being bothered by any nonsensical or filthy-minded females.
But every vagina has its day.
One day after the arbitrary political silencing, the women arose with a vengeance. Several female legislators took over the steps outside of the state capitol and staged a reading of the Broadway play, The Vagina Dialogues. Eve Ensler, the person who wrote the play, was on hand for the public reading which drew thousands to the capitol. She described the performance as one of the most "thrilling" nights she's had in the past sixteen years since the play was first produced.
Representative Brown gave a message to her male counterparts in the legislature by telling one commentator that vaginas had brought them into the world, and vaginas would vote them out!
One wonders at the audacious nature of men who cringe at hearing the word "vagina," yet work so diligently at setting the rules regarding women's bodies - especially their vaginas.
The Republican war on women continues, but now they are beginning to fight back.
It feels like the sixties all over again!