VAGINA. Bet you didn't expect me to start a Thursday Poll with that word, did ya? Imagine all the great google search hits I will get by using the word, VAGINA, throughout this post. Last week a lawmaker in the sate of Michigan was banned from the State House floor for saying the word "VAGINA". Yes. Really. No. I'm not joking. It was during Representative Lisa Brown's speech on the house floor about an abortion bill. No matter how you feel on the subject of abortion, the fact that this woman was censored for saying a perfectly acceptable MEDICAL term for part of a woman's anatomy is unbelievable. The offensive sentence? “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no.” Yup. VAGINA was used. Sure it was a bit of theater to conjure up that image, but the word, VAGINA, is not a dirty word. Of course if you ask a another State Rep in Michigan, Mike Callton, he would tell you "It was so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company." Seriously? This grown man cannot utter the word VAGINA in mixed company? But what word should we use? Isn't VAGINA the correct term? Apparently not only men are afraid of using that word. Another state rep from Michigan, Lisa Lyons said "As a woman and mother, I was personally offended by Rep. Lisa Brown's disgraceful actions during Wednesday's floor debate." But Ms. Lyons has her own VAGINA. What does she call it? Is she ashamed about having a VAGINA? There was also another woman banned from speaking on the State House floor because they said she spoke out of turn when she insisted that vasectomies be regulated like abortions. Seriously. I couldn't make this up if I tried. The Michigan GOP Leader of the House, the day after he banned the two women lawmakers from speaking on the House floor, “simultaneously did not deny that the women were banned for saying ‘vagina’ and further accused the two of throwing ‘temper tantrums’.” Temper Tantrums. Isn't that what children throw? Isn't he just infantilizing and de-legitimizing their points by using that term? Now that he said they were holding "temper tantrums" I imagine Rep Brown in Shirley Temple curls, a pink dress, patent leather mary janes and ankle socks holding a huge lollipop in one hand while sticking her tongue out and stamping her foot. Which finally brings me to my point. The POWER OF WORDS. Words do have a lot of power. The power lies in what the words mean to the person that hears them. The evoke feelings from one's own subconscious into emotional responses toward the subject at hand. Jean-Paul Sartre once said "Words are loaded pistols." and that "Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think." He was so right. Saying the word VAGINA wasn't the issue. It was the way it made Reps Callton, Lyons and the Michigan GOP leader FEEL about the subject. Perhaps Callton is FOR the passage of the bill so no matter what Rep Brown said it would "sound" offensive to him. Perhaps Lyons is ashamed of being a woman in a "mans world" and doesn't want to draw attention to the fact that she too has a VAGINA. Perhaps the GOP leader is a misogynist douchebag and thinks women need to be quiet and stay in the kitchen. I have no idea. I'm not saying these are truths about these people, I'm just guessing. See? I even had to be careful with the words I use for fear of being accused of libel. For the record I do not believe the word VAGINA is a bad word. There are tons of other slang words for VAGINA that I find more offensive. It's time everyone stopped being angry about using the word VAGINA and started being angry at people that try to stop you from saying that word.
On To The Poll!
1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Poesie. One of the "Blushes You Can't Have". Deceptively cool toned pink in the pan but a very neutral warmish pink on my cheek. I like to use this one when I am focusing more on my eyes as it does not compete for attention with the rest of my makeup.
2. What word do you use to refer to a VAGINA? - VAGINA. Sorry. I must be boring or offensive. But what else am I going to call it? I have all sorts of wretched slang phrases I could use, but like Rep. Mike Callton, I don't even want to say them in mixed company.
3. What color are your eyes? Do you like that color or do you wish you had different colored eyes? - I have gray-ish, blue-ish, green-ish eyes. I like the color but I would love to have ice blue eyes like Carol Alt.
4. What is one beauty product you would recommend to ALL of your friends? - Chanel Joues Contrase Blush. Own at least one, if anything for the ritual of opening the Chanel case and swirling your blush brush over the dome of perfect powder like silk while the sweet rose scent greets you with the promise of perfect glowy cheeks. But also because I adore this formula. Not everyone agrees that it's the best blush out there, and I'm cool with that. But it's the best CHANEL blush ever.
5. Give me some words that sound dirty but really aren't. (Need help. Here is a long LIST) -
Peniaphobia - The fear of being poor.
Ballcock - a device for regulating the supply of water in a tank, cistern, or the like, consisting essentially of a valve connected to a hollow floating ball which by its rise or fall shuts or opens the valve.
And honorable mentions: Jaculate, Blowhole, Bangkok, Uranus, Gesticulate, Titmouse, Tetons, Ramrod, Angina, Titular, and Cockles.