Vagina, clitoris, vulva, womb, uterus, breast, nipples.
These words are all medical terms for different parts of the female anatomy and somehow are seen as obscenities by our government and society.
As many of you may already know, Rep. Lisa Brown used the word vagina during a speech to the Michigan House of Representatives, as seen in this video, and was barred from speaking again. Apparently the female body is so gross and vial that it cannot be mentioned in public unless we use some childish euphemism like “va-jay-jay” or it is the butt of a tasteless joke.
It angers me that Rep. Lisa Brown was silenced because she mentioned her vagina in an argument against a bill that would not only affect HER vagina, but other parts of HER body.
It angers me that the only time it is okay for a woman to expose her body is for advertising products such as website domain names or perfumes, but if a woman is scantily clad on the street, we are quick to call her a slut or whore.
And we wonder why so many women in America and the world have such low self-esteem and poor body image. We are creating and harvesting a culture where the female body is a disgusting object that everyone, but the soul who inhabits it, owns. The female body is rarely seen for what it is anymore; a strong, beautiful gift from nature.
As a woman, I feel that my body is not my own. There are new laws every year that tell me how I should use MY reproductive system such as, taking away my right to terminate a pregnancy that would harm MY body. There is always a new article in Cosmopolitan magazine every week that tells me what new diets and exercises I should do so that men will find MY body attractive. I do not feel connected to this body anymore. It is just another billboard, another sexual object, another disgusting meat sack. It is sickening and I cannot take it anymore.
The only thing that can be done is to stand up for myself and take back the ownership of this body that I will be spending the rest of my life in. I cannot sit back and wait for someone else to fight this battle for me. The only way that the female body will truly be respected for the amazing vessel it is, is for all women to do the same and together stand up against the oppression that government and society put on us. To finally be comfortable in our own skins. We have to stop shaming our bodies, and hating the skin that we live in. One of the first steps that we can take is to get rid of the stupid euphemisms that we have created. A vagina is a vagina, not a va-jay-jay or a cave of mystery, it is a VAGINA!
I am taking back my body, and there is nothing that anyone can do about it!