Support Mushrooms for Michigan Lawmaker Silenced for using the "V" word

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 19th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/6r1v0fs7/
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In Michigan, a female legislator was silenced by the Republican leadership for using a word that scared them. Little did the Republicans imagine the response.

How dare you say that word, lady.

Last week, on Tuesday, June 12th, Michigan state representative Lisa Brown, on the floor of the House of Representatives, rose to speak against a Republican sponsored bill which would make it more difficult for women to obtain abortions in that state. She told the Republicans "I'm flattered you're all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no." The next day the Republican house leadership barred her from speaking. They also barred Democratic Representative Barb Byrum from speaking because she had used the word "vasectomy" in the debate. GOP representative Lisa Lyons defended the action, saying "...I fully support Majority Leader Jim Stamas' decision to maintain professionalism and order on the house floor." ???

The response

Representative Brown, along with ten other Democratic lawmakers and several actresses, yesterday performed Eve Ensler's play, the Vagina Monologues, on the Statehouse steps to a crowd of over 2,500 people. Ensler flew in from California to witness the performance and said the punishment meted out by the Republicans was like the Dark Ages. "We're talking about the silencing of women for saying a body part," she said. "Half of these people who are trying to regulate vaginas, they can't even say the word. If we ever knew that the issue about abortion...was not really about fetuses and babies, but really men's terror of women's sexuality and power, I think it's fully evidenced here." Is that ever the truth.

Photos from commondreams.org

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Val Mills
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Oh my goodness Steve, which century does that state live in?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Jun 2012 (#)

It seems to me that most Republicans these days, no matter what state they inhabit, are living in the Victorian era. Thanks for commenting Val.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jun 2012 (#)

They are proving quite prude, Steve! siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Indeed they are, Siva. Thank you.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Jun 2012 (#)

oh my Steve...here you go again with your fantastic eye openers...it is hard to believe we are living in these times when such hypocrisy and non-reality are the back bone of the GOP.most of them anyway...I heard some of them still think the earth is flat!!!!!!!!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jun 2012 (#)

They are living in a prehistoric age i fear. Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
21st Jun 2012 (#)

Interesting and I found funny too, as we are not used to the subject, I mean for public debate. Societies differ. Anyway a lot to learn. Thank you Steve for sharing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
21st Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Md.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

Well, I am all for maintaining some decorum in debates by public officials. Vaginas, testicles, clitorises can be covered by the words male or female genitalia and also by panties and jock straps or common or garden jockey shorts. Thank you, Steve, but I don't agree.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

I think she needed to make a point and get it across to the Neanderthal Republicans. Thanks for commenting, Ivyevelyn.

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