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“Say Vagina” day — “Vagina” Culprit Lisa Brown of Michigan — Doubles Down In Recitation of “Vagina Dialogues” On Michigan StateHouse Steps Today!

By Stephanie Devereaux – In the escalating crescendo of the “War on Women” and the more recent “vagina” battle in that all-out war Lisa Brown doubled down today by electing to participate with playwright and author of the “The Vagina Monologues”, Eve Ensler,  in a production of the “The Vagina Monologues” on the Michigan state Capitol steps tonight.  Today has also officially been dubbed, “Say Vagina” day at the Capitol, with female lawmakers participating in that  production — one in which “vagina” — not surprisingly — will be uttered many, many times.

And even more fun on the subject, take a minute and enjoy this hilarious and enlightening read by Susan J. Demas

Nice girls don’t say ‘vagina’ — what the Rep. Lisa Brown controversy is really about (Susan J. Demas column)

Nice girls don’t say the word “vagina.”

They don’t say the word “vasectomy,” either.

Rep. Lisa Brown-cropped-proto-custom_28.jpgMichigan House Democrats
That’s what two female lawmakers being banned from speaking last week — a move Inside Michigan Politics Publisher Bill Ballenger called unprecedented – is really about.
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As much of the country knows, thanks to coverage from National Public Radio, CBS News and CNN, Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) protested some highly restrictive abortion bills by announcing in a floor speech: “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
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She was then barred from speaking on the House floor the next day. So was Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga), who wasn’t even allowed to speak on her amendment requiring proof of a medical emergency or risk of death before a physician could perform a vasectomy. But she did grumble the word “vasectomy” in protest.
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Ari Adler, press secretary for House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall), unloaded on Brown and Byrum, accusing the two mothers of throwing “temper tantrums.” He said the comments violated the “decorum” of the House and blasted Brown’s in particular for being “inappropriate and uncivilized.”
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Translation: You’re both very bad girls. Go sit in a corner and think about what you’ve done.
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Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville), a chiropractor with a biology degree, even declared that what Brown said was “so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.”
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Really? In the year 2012, more than 40 years after the sexual revolution, the word “vagina” is still considered to be as dirty as a curse word? That seems to say more about Mike Callton, whose claim to fame used to be his birther bill requiring candidates to present a birth certificate to get on the ballot, than the woman who used the term.
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Now let’s just take a breath. When I wrote about the abortion debate in a column last week, I noted that Brown’s remarks may not be considered polite — but I never dreamed that she would be muzzled over them.
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Because that just doesn’t happen in the Michigan Legislature, as Bill Ballenger told the Detroit Free Press this weekend.
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I’ve covered the Capitol for awhile, so I can safely say that wasn’t the most shocking thing I’ve seen go down on the House floor. There have been physical fights, profanity and I distinctly recall certain parts of the male anatomy being referenced.
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Like when a Republican former majority floor leader, Chris Ward, earned quote of the day in MIRS for this 2008 ditty: “I’d like to congratulate Representatives Ball and Sak for their impressive package.”
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Nonetheless, some people (men) appear to have developed a case of the vapors, sweet Southern belles that they are, in reaction to the “vagina” talk. Unbelievably, some male members of the media tittered when the word “vagina” was uttered on Thursday, and they decided using cutesy slang like “v-word” and “va-jay-jay” were far superior to using a medically correct word.
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That so beautifully demonstrates why there needs to be more women in the press corps.
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Now some have argued that Brown should have used the word “uterus” instead. OK. I understand that sounds more clinical to sensitive ears. But medically speaking, when we’re talking about abortion, it most certainly involves the vagina. How else does one reach the uterus?
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As a mom, I’ve given the birds and the bees talk. Sadly, my nine-year-old daughter appears to have a better handle on human biology than some of the college-educated dads I’ve had to explain the female body to.
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But the funny thing is that the House Republican leadership is now claiming that the word “vagina” has nothing to do with the ban — which makes the “uterus” debate irrelevant.
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As is always the case in a firestorm, there have been shifting explanations. Adler has now settled on this just being about “decorum.” (After Progress Michigan and others called for his head, he seems to have toned his gendered language down).
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House Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (R-Midland) is getting most of the credit for the decision in the press and Bolger seems content to let the buck stop with him.
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Curiously, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who called for a sex strike in highly specific terms (“Stop having sex with us, gentleman. Find somebody else to do it with”) was spared from the ban by GOP leadership. That just adds to the arbitrary and capricious nature of the decision.
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Now as “Vaginagate” spreads through the national and international media, it becomes a game of telephone, where misinformation keeps getting repeated. It’s worth noting that Brown and Byrum were banned for a day, not indefinitely.
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The bill that passed the House last week would shut down most abortion providers in the state. But the GOP leadership tabled other legislation that outlawed abortion past 20 weeks, which could mean mothers who miscarry would have to deliver a stillborn baby, even if it rendered her sterile or wreaked other severe health complications. The New York Times deserves credit for getting the facts straight.
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Republicans, especially those representing suburban swing areas, must be hoping the controversy goes away. After all, independent women determine the outcomes of elections. And women of all political persuasions have been flooding the media with their outrage over female lawmakers being silenced for speaking their minds.
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But today has been dubbed “Say Vagina” day at the Capitol, and female lawmakers will be putting on a production of “The Vagina Monologues” with playwright Eve Ensler.
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The smart move for Jase Bolger or any Republican lawmaker running in a swing district would be to show up tonight as an olive branch.
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By Susan J. Demas

But of course if they did something like that, it would mean that they would have to suffer along –  hearing the word “vagina” uttered several hundred times. throughout the evening. And apparently, there are few things in this world that are scarier or more offensive to those limp-wristed little dictators and fascist wannabees — than a svelte, coiffed,  vivacious, intimidating — outspoken –  vagina.