The Female Part That Dare Not Speak Its Name

photo: @freep #sayvagina, by mariahlgrw via Lockerz 6/18/2012 11:46:28 PM// 4:46 PM

Do lawmakers in Michigan know where babies come from?

Rep. Lisa Brown, while debating a restrictive abortion law in the Michigan House, used the word “vagina” and was banned from speaking on the floor for the next 24 hours.

But it was the Speaker of the House that was giving her the silent treatment, not notifying her of the length of the ban until she was informed she could not speak during a debate on education the following day.

Rep. Brown’s words: “Finally Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”

Her colleague, Rep. Barb Byrum, was also banned from speaking for using the word “vasectomy.”

Rep Byrum wanted to attach an amendment to the abortion bill that outlawed vasectomy unless a man could prove his life depended on it.

To help the men end their fear of women’s anatomy, 9 female legislators performed “The Vagina Monologues” on the steps of the Capitol Building in Lansing, Michigan on Monday (June 18th). According to the AP, 2,500 men and women came to see the play by Eve Ensler, who was there for the performance. Before the show, audience members chanted “Vagina! Vagina!”

Here’s the live blog of the event, via The Detroit Free Press.


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