Today, in support of The Vagina Blogs, I’m postponing the derbytalk for some political chat instead. Please follow the hashtag VaginaBlogs on twitter, share it with friends and politicians, and do your own #VaginaBlogs!
A Vagina Story:
I was raised Catholic and didn’t date much in high school anyway, so the first time someone else touched my vagina (other than cleaning it after changing my diapers as an infant) was during a trip to the emergency room. I was experiencing incredible amounts of pain in my abdomen, and they didn’t know why, so they wanted to do a pelvic exam. I wasn’t quite as terrified of the exam as of the pain, but it definitely was not how I imagined my first penetrative experience. It was painful and scary. But I know it was better than being one of the over 200,000 people who don’t get a say in whether or not they are penetrated each year.
Last week, Michigan State House Reps. Byrum and Brown were barred from speaking in the House for speaking indecorously, and Speaker Bolger wants us all to know that it is not that Representative Brown said “vagina,” but that she compared a bill which denies women control over their own bodies to rape. I’m pretty sure that a big part of rape is when someone denies someone else control over their own body, so how is that inaccurate, Senator Bolger? And if you are not protesting the inaccuracy of the definition, but the use of the term, well. Rape is already used as a legal term. Just because you don’t like it being applied to something you’re doing doesn’t make it inappropriate. Most people who force themselves on others don’t like being told that what they did is rape. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true.