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4 People Who Got in Trouble for Mentioning Female Anatomy

4 People Who Got in Trouble for Mentioning Female Anatomy

Listen, people. I know that the female anatomy is a mysterious black hole basically unknown to science. I mean, who knows what goes on in there? Only the most Ivory Tower-est of Ivory Tower academics can even hazard a guess. Which is maybe why so many people get in trouble for mentioning a lady’s naughty bits. If we don’t know about it, it must be evil.

Kids Can’t Know About Vaginas!

Do you remember studying human anatomy in high school and your teacher referred to vagina as a hoo-ha? No? Me neither. That’s because that is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. However, if you’re a certain Idaho high school teacher, you might get in trouble for using the proper term. Tim McDaniel has taught science for 18 years and never received a complaint. Until this year, when parents complained that he taught their children about *gasp* vaginas and *double gasp* the female orgasm.

What? Women can’t have orgasms! This guy clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

It’s not just a complaint. McDaniel is being investigated by the state’s professional standards commission. Luckily, the kids are coming to his defense with a “SAVE THE SCIENCE TEACHER” Facebook page, and it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be fired because of the investigation.

Also Kids Can’t Know About Uteruses!

This is a particular favorite of mine from a couple of years ago. It happened in Florida (duh). During an abortion debate, Rep. Scott Randolph quipped that maybe his wife should “incorporate her uterus” to avoid further regulation. (No self-respecting Republican would interfere with business!)

This was evidently too much for the Florida GOP to tolerate. Randolph was told to not discuss body parts on the house floor. Because why would you need to say the word uterus when discussing abortion restrictions?

Lest you think this is because the Florida GOP are just a bunch of prudes, think again. It’s for the children!

In the past, if the debate is going to contain language that would be considered inappropriate for children and other guests, the Speaker will make an announcement in advance, asking children and others who may be uncomfortable with the subject matter to leave the floor and gallery.

It’s the kids! I swear!

When ‘Vagina’ Gets You Banned

It’s not just men who get in trouble for talking about lady bits. Sometimes an actual woman gets to speak. But don’t say vagina. You could get banned from doing your job.

That happened last year to Lisa Brown, a Michigan State representative. During a debate on a restrictive abortion bill (as if there are any other kind nowadays), Brown made reference to how obtrusive the bill was by saying:

“Finally Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’”

Burn, right? I guess so, because the day after she made the statement she was notified that she was banned from speaking on the house floor. Sure, why not? That sounds like a proportional response.

Epic Misunderstanding of Biology

Oh Todd Akin. Mr. Legitimate Rape, himself. Mr. You-Can’t-Get-Pregnant-From-Rape. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so dangerous. And not only was it an epically stupid statement that he should continue to be embarrassed about to this day (even though he had his supporters), but it wrecked his chances at a Senate seat.

Pardon me while I play the world’s tiniest violin.

I think there is only one lesson we can learn from these stories: We need to talk about vaginas and uteruses much more. There’s no better way to out the most sexist.


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5:48AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013


10:19AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

When do we grow up in this country?
Using proper anatomical names for body parts is a sign of maturity, even those of women.

4:18PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Ethel H. ... love your comment :D

7:22PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

"mysterious black hole and naughty bits" aren't very good terms either.

3:50PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013


9:51PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Peter, your agenda is noted. Disregarded. But noted.

Now let's get to the REAL topic, shall we?

People so terrified of women's bodies, women's sexual freedom and the using of appropriate language for those body parts....THAT is the subject!

2:33PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Really Peter N.? You think having love and appreciation for the female vagina equates to a lack of respect for women? Wow, that is some twisted thinking there.

1:31PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Does anyone know of any available research money to launch a major research project to discover and attempt to understand the right's obvious obsession and at the same revulsion of women's VAGINA'S, UTERUS AND BREASTS?

1:20PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

@Kevin B, I bet you love having as many vagina friends as you can get. That shows how much respect you really have for women.

1:19PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013


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