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22-06-2012, 08:00 AM
Eeeek!!!!! It's a Vagina!!!
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/21/opinio...?hpt=us_c2

Lisa Brown: Silenced for saying (shock!) 'vagina'

Editor's note: Lisa Brown
is serving her second term as a state representative for Michigan,
representing the 39th District, which includes Commerce Township, West
Bloomfield and Wolverine Lake.


(CNN) -- One week ago, the Michigan House of Representatives was taking up some of the most restrictive anti-choice legislation in the country.
It was in the context of this bill that I said, "Finally Mr. Speaker,
I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but 'no' means
'no.'"

You can watch me say that here.
My comment is made around the 1:50 mark, and you can see exactly how
the legislators seated behind me reacted. While there was a scatter of
applause from my colleagues, there were no dropped jaws, bulging eyes or
fainting. In fact, the only remarkable thing about their response is
that there was virtually no response at all.

Not until the next day.
That's when I got word that Republican House leaders had banned me and
my colleague Rep. Barb Byrum from speaking on the House floor. I was
shocked.

Given my speech, I could
only assume it was because I spoke to my Jewish values or because I had
said vagina. But later that day, Rep. Mike Callton told the press that
what I had said was so vile, so disgusting, that he could never bear to
mention it in front of women or "mixed company."

Take another look at the
video. Do you see a temper tantrum? Does that look like a group of
people shocked by what we said or how we behaved?


When complaints about
our banning picked up pace, Republicans tried again. This time, their
story was that I was kept from speaking because I said "no means no."

As Republicans continued
to throw mud against the wall to see what stuck, they only made it
worse for themselves. Thousands of women, not only in Michigan but
across the country and even around the globe, saw exactly what was going
on. What they saw was a male-dominated legislative body going to great
lengths to silence two women who dared speak in opposition to a measure
that would limit access to our health care. They saw it, and they didn't
like it.

Among the people
watching this unfold was Eve Ensler, who wrote the award-winning play,
"The Vagina Monologues." Ensler, who has worked for nearly 20 years to
empower women and undo the shame many of us are taught to feel toward
our bodies, didn't just see a group of mostly male legislators freaking
out about "vagina." She saw them trying to shut women up at the same
time they were trying to pass laws about our health.

She wouldn't stand for
it. That's why she came to Lansing this week to lead a performance of
"The Vagina Monologues." Thousands of men, women and children showed up
to see it and show their support for Byrum and me.

In the aftermath of
this, Rep. Jim Stamas, whose job it was to issue the edict against me,
said he "honestly had no idea it would become such an issue." I find it
amazing that a fellow legislator wouldn't understand why it's outrageous
not to just silence me, but my 90,000 constituents.

I hope he and his fellow Republicans get it now. If not, the election this November will surprise them even more.

"IN THRUST WE TRUST"

"We were conservative Jews and that meant we obeyed God's Commandments until His rules became a royal pain in the ass."

- Joel Chastnoff, The 188th Crybaby Brigade
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22-06-2012, 08:01 AM
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And for the record, I am fully in favor of kitties and feel women should talk about them all the time!

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22-06-2012, 09:14 AM
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Quote: Republicans changed course. They insisted they had no problem with vaginas

I laughed. Its like a line from southpark.

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22-06-2012, 09:26 AM
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(22-06-2012 09:14 AM)FSM_scot Wrote:  
Quote: Republicans changed course. They insisted they had no problem with vaginas

I laughed. Its like a line from southpark.
But man-gina? Now THAT'S were we at the GOP draw the line!*



*Senator Craig not included.

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22-06-2012, 09:28 AM
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This almost belongs on /r/nottheonion. Or at least the original story about her being banned, not this followup.

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22-06-2012, 09:53 AM
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Dood. You can't be saying that shit around here, you fucking fuck. Big Grin

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22-06-2012, 10:01 AM
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Quote:....Rep. Mike Callton told the press that
what I had said was so vile, so disgusting, that he could never bear to
mention it in front of women or "mixed company".

That is so... that just blows my mind on so many levels... it's completely pathetic. I can't even comment on this right now... I'm far too angered by this fucker's grandstanding statement. Angry

I am going to say that Rep Mike Callton's point of view sincerely needs to change, drastically and with cutting severity... as Ms Brown said; election is in November. I hope his constituents support him losing his comfortable meal ticket for the rest of his miserable life.

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Thanks for posting this article - I had no idea that MI had such useless trash in their government. I should have suspected as much, considering the city of Detroit is all but abandon, and the entire state has been an economic nightmare for decades. It is indeed proof that the Michigan people are seriously and damagingly misrepresented. Undecided

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22-06-2012, 10:20 AM
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Dude needs to go back to preschool where they learn that vagina is, in fact, the proper term for a woman's who-ha.

If I were her, I'd send him a children's medical book or poster with the all the parts labelled.
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22-06-2012, 10:40 AM
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I battle to see how saying the word vagina is more offensive than being a misogynist dick.
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22-06-2012, 10:41 AM
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I like the term who-ha.

Va jay jay is also a good one.

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