UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS UTERUS

Note: do not read this blog post on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives. If you are currently on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives, close this browser tab immediately.

Why? Because the word “uterus” is apparently not allowed on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives. According to the St. Petersburg Times, last week one Democratic representative ran afoul of the Uterus Ban:

Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations — except when it comes to the little guys, or serves their specific interests.

At one point Randolph suggested that his wife “incorporate her uterus” to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn’t want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn’t like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.

So does this rule apply to all body parts and all figures of speech? Could Rep. Randolph have said that in the long term, cutting funding for women’s health will cost the state an arm and a leg? What about apologizing for his uterus remark by admitting that he’d put his foot in his mouth? Does the rule ban mention of arms, legs, feet and mouths? Or is it just, as I suspect, applied in cases where naughty female bits are mentioned? Randolph seems to think so, and he called it “a sad commentary about what we think about sex education in the state.”

Well, fair readers, this is not the floor of the Florida House of Representatives. You can say the anatomically correct terms for human body parts here. Penis, penis, penis, vagina, vagina, vagina. Uterus, uterus, uterus, uterus, uterus. UTERUS!

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3 Comments

  1. Posted April 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Love the diagram! Yay for UTERUS!

  2. Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    The Republicans take offense to someone using an academic/medical term to refer to a part of the human body? Really, it’s come to this? But then, it sort of proves Randolph’s point — that Republicans will do about anything to control the individual.

    There is no reason a page should have a problem here, because Randolph does not describe a sexual act. If they don’t know what the body part is (but if they are old enough to be pages, they should be), those kids will be oblivious, and if they do, there should be nothing in it to “shock” them. In fact, the terminology probably seems tame to most of them, who are probably used to hearing actual slang/vulgar terms to describe that general area of the body from their peers at school or from characters in movies.

  3. Posted April 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Can we send a flood of postcards with the word uterus and/or scientific diagrams thereof on them to republican Reps in Florida? I’m serious–who’s with me on this?

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