July 18 2012
The Vagina Wars
Glad to see that Senator Schumer (see below) isn’t the only one who has found a worthwhile way to occupy his time:
Women riled over last month's silencing of a female Democratic lawmaker who said "vagina" during a House debate about anti-abortion legislation and another who said "vasectomy" are pushing back at what they say is a war on women.
Members of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America say they'll attempt to deliver more than 115,000 signatures Wednesday morning to House Speaker Jase Bolger. The signers want GOP leaders to make a public apology to state Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum after suspending their speaking privileges for one day.
This is further evidence that the Democrats are being forced to go to ridiculous lengths to promote the notion of a “war on women.” What Rep. Brown said during debate over an abortion bill was, “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no.” This is incredibly crude, and one can see why Brown might have been briefly “silenced” in the name of decorum. But a cause? Give me a break.
Capitalizing on her vagina’s newfound fame, Rep. Brown has turned herself into a minor celebrity, singled out for praise by none other than Naomi Wolf, who has just written a book entitled Vagina, A New Biography. Brown was also the mini-star at a recent reading of the “Vagina Monologues” on the steps of the Michigan statehouse. Eve Ensler, author of the "Vagina Monologues," was present. “Michigan women legislators and their supporters refuse to be silenced,” the Washington Post noted.
But is it wrong to wish that they could talk about something more interesting than their vaginas?