Two weeks ago, Representative Lisa Brown delivered a speech
before her fellow state politicians. The Michigan House of Representatives then
banned Brown from speaking. Why? She used the word “vagina.”
The press secretary for the house speaker blasted Brown’s
use of the anatomically correct word as “inappropriate and uncivilized.” A male
representative from another state declared that the word was “so offensive, I
don’t even want to say it in front of women.”
When did vagina become a 4-letter word? After all, about
half of the population has one. But even tampon commercials avoid the word,
replacing it with “down there” or cutesy names like “va-jay-jay.” Think about
it: when’s the last time a grown man referred to his “wee-wee”?
If we feel too uncomfortable to even say “vagina,” how can
we expect anyone to take women’s health issues seriously?
What do you think? Was Representative Brown’s use of the
word “vagina” inappropriate?
BY SIMONE SHAPIRO ON 7/7/2012 4:47:00 PM
POSTED IN In the News