A lot of truly despicable things are said in US political debates. And lot of truly despicable things are said in US political debates about abortion. But apparently what is beyond the pale – what we simply cannot and must not tolerate – is use of the word “vagina”. That’s right. In a debate about the legal rights and protections surrounding a woman’s reproductive system, you cannot say “vagina”. Because it’s just so. . .icky.
According to this piece in the Guardian, the incident took place:
In a debate on a [Michigan] bill that would restrict abortion in a number of ways, state representative Lisa Brown finished her opposition speech with: “Finally, Mr Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
Ms. Brown was then banned from speaking in a subsequent debate.
I’m reminded of this parody video from a few months ago. Unsurprising, given that the discussion has become a parody of itself.