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Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson
Santa Rosa, California, United States
August 05
The Progressive Parent
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JUNE 15, 2012 10:37PM


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Unfortunately, dear readers, I am not talking about Harry Potter, here. I just read this story about how another, V-word got a Lisa Brown, a female legislator permanently banned from speaking on House floor. What was this offensive term?


Whoa, whoa... Okay, it's enough that I have been have banned from Facebook because my breasts are forced to batte for the freedom to be used for their intended purpose, when & where that need occurs. But forget nursing in public for a minute:

We can't even SAY 'vagina' in public?? 

(What, like this? Vagina VAGINA VAGIIIIIIIIIIIINAAAAA!! (That last one was singing. Singin' about my ladyparts, here, folks. That's what I'm doing behind my laptop.) Check here for 25 Republican Approved Ways to Say 'Vagina' Without Offending Political Pussies ::ahem:: okay, the "punk" part of me is finished. For now.) 

Excuse me while I wait for my glasses to unfog from the steam coming out of my ears. Brown expressed her incredulity in press conference. 

"If I can't say the word vagina, why are we legislating [on] vaginas?" she asked. "What language should I use?" 

Don't worry, it's only a flower.  It's clear to me that policymakers do not realize how many breasts and vaginas there are on this planet. How do those men think they got here, anyhow? Do they still believe in Santa? Are there delicate sensibilities of people making our laws that they are trying to protect from 7th grade health class facts?

 I wonder if discussing a medical procedure about penises would invoke the same response. I am JUST as concerned with the right to say penis as I am the right to say elbow, cerebellum, or spinal cortex in public. Or, you know, vagina. (VAGIIIIINAAAAA!!!)

Why they hell is it not okay to talk about our bodies?? Um, I don't know if you know this, oh college-graduate House members, but you are all naked under those clothes- as much as I never, ever want to visualize that.

Is that what's happening? They start visualizing vaginas and suddenly can't concentrate? Or is the mention of the word is somehow offensive to them? Why? I don;t understand. Another thing I don't understand is how I am supposed to be able to raise daughters with healthy body images when the mere mention of is perceived and accepted as offensive?

The attempt to suppress even the mention of certain body parts should be one hell of a red flag for the twisted state of our social structure. America is NOT as liberal and certainly not as progressive as we think we are. Women have long been markedly absent from the abortion debate and this is sign things are NOT headed in the right direction. As far as I know people with penises (aka: men) will never have one of those, so I'm not sure why they're in control of the issue at all, let alone in charge of the mere discussion of said topic. How to the other women that were present feel? Someone please explain this to me.

Dammit, my glasses are fogged again.

All I'm trying to say is this:

If you can't say it, 
don't legislate it. 

This has been a public service WTF by The Progressive Parent.

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We live in Puritanical times, my friend.
People are just not sane enough to handle the real issues, including real body parts and their official names.