I’m just going to assume that you’ve all heard about Michigan Representative Lisa Brown being banned from the House floor after saying:
“I’m Jewish. I keep kosher in my home. I have two sets of dishes. One for meat and one for dairy, and another two sets of dishes on top of that for Passover. Judaism believes that therapeutic abortions, namely abortions performed in order to preserve the life of the mother are not only permissable but mandatory. The stage of pregnancy does not matter. Wherever there is a question of the life of the mother or that of the unborn child, Jewish law rules in favor of preserving the life of the mother. The status of the fetus as human life does not equal that of the mother. 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’.”
And I hope everyone knows about the truly brilliant response by female Michigan legislators of performing the Vagina Monologues on the steps of the capitol building.
But, wait, the poor menfolk need the last word:
“It wasn’t about body parts. It wasn’t about dissent. It wasn’t about anyone’s religious beliefs. It was that last comment that took it a step too far, and that’s what crossed the line about … The ‘no means no’ comment. That went a step too far. As I said to someone up north here, it’s like giving a kid a time out for a day, you know. Hey, time out.”
— Michigan state Representative (Republican) Wayne Schmidt
That’s right. For those keeping score, Representative Schmidt managed to indicate that women saying “no” is going too far and his attempted defense of silencing female lawmakers managed to imply that women need to be kept in line, you know, like children.