Wednesday, June 20, 2012


History has shown that oppression can only go on for so long. At some point, those who feel squashed will simple rise up and say "No more."    Suddenly, I'm flashing to the scene in the 1976 movie, Network! While some of you may be too young to remember the context, I'm sure you've heard the phrase,  "I'm Mad as Hell, And I'm not going to take it anymore!"  Here's the clip so you can know what it's about.  And, maybe today is a turning point for some people as well.  Today IS The Day Facebook Went All Vagina, after all.

So what am I talking about and why did I call this piece "Vagina?" I guess I've been worried about something and it's been percolating in my head for some time. I engaged in some drawn out arguments with friends when I said I believed there's a War on Women.  A few people chastised me for using the word "War." They felt that what's happening to women pales compared to what really happens in war. My family knows about war. My husband spent 20 years in the military (Viet Nam, Gulf Wars), my dad fought in WW2, my uncle in the Viet Nam, my father-in-law in Korea, I don't think I'm UNAWARE of what real war is like. And now, in retrospect, I'm wondering if they get that bent out of shape in using the word War in War on Drugs? Because THAT is a farce! But, maybe, the simple fact that they felt completely justified to criticize my word choice, points to the reality of the situation. Maybe women are just supposed to be quiet. In their minds.  Which brings us back to "Vagina."

Vagina. VaJayJay. Yoni. And, yes, there are a lot of other ways people refer to the vagina that I don't want to include here. I'm getting off track though...

On June 14th, Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown was banned from publicly speaking in the House because she said the word "vagina" during a debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. She didn't go all crazy shouting the word. She simply said, "I'm flattered you're all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no." And Majority Leader Jim Stamas was so outraged at this, he had her banned from the floor. Indefinitely.  This is someone who was voted into office by her constituents and she was unable to vote on the later bills that day about education. 

This is simply outrageous. Is it that we've been so conciliatory, the majority feels they can simply squash a differing opinion? I think everyone should be talking about this. Our elected officials should not be silenced by their opposition. This isn't how democracy works!

Here is the clip of Rep. Brown's speech on the House floor. It's interesting because she is also talking about Judaism with regard to the laws.  And, then, her Vagina Bomb, happens at the end:

This is bigger than whether you are opposed to abortions or not. This is an abuse of power issue. And we really cannot sit by and be steamrollered by anyone who thinks that THIS is how democracy works.

What do you think?

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