A Michigan state representative named Lisa Brown (D) was recently banned from speaking on the house floor indefinitely following an “outburst” she made during a debate about reproductive rights. Her crime? Saying the word “vagina” to make a point. Another female democrat, State Rep. Barb Byrum, has been banned from speaking for saying the word “vasectomy” while proposing an amendment that would subject men’s reproductive rights to the same ridiculous restrictions as women’s. Because keeping people from discussing something is the best way to control them re: that thing. Way to take a page from the book of Queen Victoria, American defenders of freedom.

As you can see in the video, Brown made an eloquent case for separation of church and state by talking about her own religious beliefs, by which she keeps different sets of silverware for different food groups and holds the life of the mother as being more important than that of the fetus. “I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs,” she said. “Why are you asking me to adopt yours?” Granted, she was giving the Medieval priest-kings of Michigan the benefit of the doubt by assuming they consider Judaism a real religion.

Brown continued: “And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.” Provocative statement? Perhaps. But it was also true. And isn’t that the whole point of debate? To state the facts in such a way that people decide you’re right, and the other side is wrong?

For their crimes, Brown and Byrum are no longer allowed to speak in debates. (You can see Byrum trying, and failing, to speak about an amendment she herself authored in the beginning of the video.) Not surprisingly, the pernicious anti-choice legislation passed in the Republican-controlled state legislature with ease.

In response to all of this, State Rep. Rashida Tlaib has proposed a novel solution: for Michigan women to stop having sex with men, Lysistrata style. It might sound drastic, but if men aren’t going to let women control our own reproductive organs, why should we let them interact with them in the first place? If these lawmakers are going to penalize us for having female sex parts, we might as well use said parts to gain an advantage over them.

(Via The Raw Story)