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Is the Word “Uterus” Obscene Now?

via TampaBay.com

During a debate about government regulations in Florida, one House representative was making the argument that his opponents want deregulation for corporations and increased legislation for individuals. In order to make his point, he borrowed a line that his wife had come up with ans said that she should “incorporate her uterus” in order to protect it from anti-abortion legislation.

Apparently, the word “uterus” is indecorous and he was chastised. Futher, the Speaker of the House said:

“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.”

I can’t help but wonder why the name of a body part is out of bounds. Is it really such a problem to say “uterus”? Does that really hurt anyone?

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Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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