I’ve read it, and I still don’t believe it:
During last week’s discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker’s paycheck, state 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.
[H]ouse GOP spokeswoman Katie Betta: “The Speaker has been clear about his expectations for conduct on the House for during debate. At one point during the debate, he mentioned to the entire House that members of both parties needed to be mindful of decorum during debate.
“Additionally, the Speaker believes it is important for all Members to be mindful of and respectful to visitors and guests, particularly the young pages and messengers who are seated in the chamber during debates. In the past, if the debate is going to contain language that would be considered inappropriate for children and other guests, the Speaker will make an announcement in advance, asking children and others who may be uncomfortable with the subject matter to leave the floor and gallery.”
Here’s one body part the Florida Republican leadership would do well not to mention, lest people be reminded that the GOP has lost theirs: the brain.
This reminded me of the story, a few years ago, where a local theater company had been pressured to change the marquee of its feature to “The Hoohaa Monologues.” This really happened, and it pains me to report that the Sunshine State was once again the anti-sunshine culprit. Here’s an excerpt from back in 2007:
The Hoohah Monologues is a replacement title for The Vagina Monologues — a well-known play about that part of the female body.
“We decided we would just use child slang for it. That’s how we decided on Hoohah Monologues,” Pfanenstiel said.
They did this after a driver who saw it complained to the theater, saying she was upset that her niece saw it.
“I’m on the phone and asked ‘What did you tell her?’ She’s like, ‘I’m offended I had to answer the question,'” Pfanenstiel said.
Well, if legislators’ constituents really are “offended” that they have to tell kids that their body parts have names, perhaps politicians are just responding to that.
But it’s crazy. The idea that kids shouldn’t be taught the names of body parts — even the scary ones — has been discredited by every responsible expert in childhood development. Not only will this knowledge help with having natural conversations about their bodies and their emerging sexuality, but it has the added benefit of being a tool in the campaign against child abuse.
I guess putting their collective heads in the sand is easier, if only in the short run.