Now that I've received your attention, what impression of the word vagina do you have? Is it a scientific term for something you probably call a vijay, twat, or hoohoo? Does it remind you of awkward discussions with relatives or biology classes and weird performance art? Is it creepy, empowering, or nothing especially significant at all?
While the word vagina may cause some people to chuckle, move in their seats, or stand and applaud, is uttering a common word for a very common body part lewd? Could simply uttering the anatomically correct term for a body part be considered so offensive that it could cost you your job?
Well, if you live in Lincoln County, Idaho, the answer may well be yes.
Tim McDaniel is a science teacher who is under investigation by Idaho's professional standards commission for using the word 'vagina' during a class about the human reproductive system. Apparently, 4 parents of 15 and 16 year old students found the lecture, which included mention of female orgasm and the offending word, so morally repugnant that they want the veteran teacher fired.
Mr. McDaniel himself can't figure out what the fuss is about, since he's just teaching straight from the textbook provided by the board itself. He even permits students to opt out of this sensitive segment of the class without penalty. It sounds to me that the teacher is bending over backwards to accommodate even the most prudish of standards.
The superintendent thinks it's "unlikely" that the controversial teacher will be canned. Instead, he thinks a reprimand may be in order, so Mr. McDaniel can recant his heresy.
A vagina is a body part. The overwhelming majority of women (and one in 50, 000 or so men) has or has had a vagina. Everybody knows that Madonna has a vagina, but so does Queen Liz, the rabbi's wife, and your MOM.
66% of Lincoln County's population are Mormons, and they too have vaginae. The vaginas belong to the dads until the girls are married off, within which case they belong to their husbands. And that's the issue. If these teenage girls know that they have vaginas and clitorises and can have orgasms then, by golly, they'll try to use them!!
There's something about saying vagina, as opposed to all of the often derogatory slang terms, that seems to give it power. It becomes something simple, owned by women themselves. And I think that's where a lot of the anxiety comes from. If the powers that be, the ones who call disobedient women as well as their body parts cunts, are forced to acknowledge that vaginae are just as normal as penises, their rule over women and their parts is threatened.
Not one complaint was lodged against Tim McDaniel for discussing the male reproductive system, but as soon as he mentioned that belonging to his female charges, he was deemed a corrupter of morals. And that should tell you all you need to know about the state of women, and particularly their reproductive organs, in America today.
The vagina does need to be free- free from demonization and discrimination and forced fucking ultrasounds. Free vagina from from governmental influence and it's owner free to decide what goes in it and what comes out of it. Free vagina from the stigma and childish humor. Free vagina from the dominion of men and the political sphere.