Lisa Brown: Censorship and Misogyny in Michigan

18 Jun

Kudos to Lisa Brown

Thank you to my friend Voice of the Trailer (VOT) for inspiring me to write this article. Apparently, Republican men  are determined to rule women’s vaginas. West Bloomfield Representative Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the Michigan House floor Thursday after she referred to her female anatomy the day before. She used the word “vagina” when voicing her opinion against a bill restricting abortions. She said the bill would violate her Jewish religious beliefs:

I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs, why are you asking me to adopt yours? And finally Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina but no means no.

As a result of Rep. Brown being censored, at least nine female legislators are going to join playwright Even Ensler Monday night for a reading of her famous 1996 play, The Vagina Monologues, on the Capitol steps.

Ensler commented, ”

Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51 percent of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country.

Kudos to Brown for writing an article for the Detroit News where she explains her …”outrage that this legislative body wants to dictate not only what women can do, but also what we can say. Although male lawmakers have no problem passing laws about my vagina … when I dared mention its name, they became outraged.”  How wonderful to see a strong woman who does not buy into right wing oppression and is able to speak truth to power!

7 Responses to “Lisa Brown: Censorship and Misogyny in Michigan”

  1. newsofthetimes June 18, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Amazing. I wonder if men would be thrown out for saying the word penis when talking about Viagra. Somehow, I don’t think so!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 18, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      Exactly! The hypocrisy and misogyny is overwhelming and rather disgusting. How bizarre, they want total control over women’s vaginas, but they can’t hear the word.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 18, 2012 at 8:40 am #

        Do I need to start censoring myself and just start saying “lady bits?”

  2. Christine Noble June 18, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    You know, I hate and love that this happened at the same time. Obviously it is disgusting, but I think it is great that these anachronistic, chauvinist fools are showing their true colors.

    Also, fun fact (and a little silly name dropping here) I got to meet Ms. Ensler down at Occupy in Zuccotti Park. She’s a neat lady. Veeeeeery bubbly personality.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 18, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      I’m so envious you got to meet Ms. Ensler. I hope this latest woman bashing bruhaha sets off another backlash against the Republican party.

  3. prideinmadness June 18, 2012 at 9:52 am #


    They would have hated being in my gr. 9 health class when my teacher made scream vagina and penis!!!!!!!!

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