There’s a Vagina in the House: Lawmaker Banned For Saying “Vagina” in MI Speech

Vagina. It’s in the dictionary. But apparently you can’t use that three syllable medical term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Rep. Lisa Brown was silenced with a gavel by the House Speaker for

violating the decorum of the House

during her speech Wednesday  against legislation that would place new regulations on abortion providers, as well as  prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks. Rep Brown said:

I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’

Yes. You read correctly Brown was silenced Wednesday for using


instead of any number of euphemistic or slang terms like altar of hymen, antipodes, beaver, box, coochie, crumpet, dearest bodily part, divine monosyllable, ell-skinner, Eve’s customs-house, fig, fountain of love, gash, gynee, hoohah, honeypot, ineffable, ivory gate, jamjar, jigamabob, keyhole, kitchen-kitty,  lady-flower, love’s fountain, money-maker, muff, nature’s tufted treasure, nether-eye, oracle, oyster, pleasure palace, pussy, quim, quoniam, robjack, road-to-pleasure, sallyport,  snatch, thing, twat, unmentionable, under-dimple, va-jayjay, vulva, what-and-where, womanhood, you-know-what,  yumyum, z-gallery, or zesty place.

She didn’t say the C-word. She used a medical term: Vagina.  However, Rep. Mike Callton commented:

What she said was offensive. It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.

Wait, whut? Here are lawmakers about to legislate about something involving (cover your eyes) vaginas and penises, and how those vaginas and related parts which were affected by penises and ejaculate should be treated, and they can’t even say or hear the word vagina? Oh holy of holy holes, how the heck do these fellows explain reproduction to their children? If Rep Callton won’t say


in mixed company, does that mean he uses the word with his male pals? That they all talk about vaginas? And since when are women so delicate they can’t hear or speak the medical term for a part of their own bodies? Vagina. Vagina. Vagina. Vagina. Say it loud, we’re here and proud. Vagina.
Ari Adler, spokesman for the Republican majority said that

Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas had determined Brown’s comments violated the decorum of the House.

The House majority in Michigan is Republican. Brown is a Democrat. And has a vagina. Thursday House Republicans would not  allow Brown to speak  on a school employee retirement bill.

7 Responses to "There’s a Vagina in the House: Lawmaker Banned For Saying “Vagina” in MI Speech"
rabidbadger | Thursday June 14, 2012 10:43 pm 1

Where is Karen Finley when we need her?

Lisa Derrick | Thursday June 14, 2012 10:59 pm 2

This is street theater/performance art ready. The House is begging for a gallery of men and women to stand up and start chanting VAGINA.

rabidbadger | Friday June 15, 2012 12:11 am 3
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 2

Hmmmm, I’m hearing it in the style of Andrew Lloyd Webber, like the crowd chanting “Evita! Evita!”during ‘Eva’s Final Broadcast’.

TobyWollin | Friday June 15, 2012 03:36 am 4
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 2

Actually, I’d rather they read a medical textbook. And I think Mike Callton would rather we all use the phrase ‘down there’.

Scarecrow | Friday June 15, 2012 05:59 am 5

It’s 2012, and it’s vaginas vs the dicks.

Lisa Derrick | Friday June 15, 2012 09:37 am 6

I used to do poetry readings as part of the Bohemian Women’s Political Alliance in the early 1990s, and along with my own tortured musings on the psyche,I would read an alphabetical list of synonyms for my Irish fortune without an explanation and delight to see people’s faces when they figured it out.

firebagger | Friday June 15, 2012 05:08 pm 7

I think this reaction to the word “vagina” tells us all we will ever need to know about republicans

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