Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the House floor Thursday when she used the word “vagina” in her remarks addressing a proposed bill that would place extreme restriction on abortions and clinics in Michigan. Brown began her opposition to the bill by stating “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina but no means no.”
The gag order placed on Representative Brown by her Republican colleagues speaks volumes to what conservatives think about a woman’s body — it’s dirty, needs to be regulated, and silenced.
rown isn’t alone in her thoughts of why there is so much interest in vaginas, yet very little education about them.
We claim in this country how important education is except when it comes to women’s bodies and reproduction. Maybe that’s why Michigan Republicans thought vagina was a bad word — they didn’t know any better.