Lawmakers have found another handy way of pretending to themselves that the law they’re trying to enact doesn’t amount to sexual assault: Stop using actual words to describe women and the female anatomy.
It’s not an area where the details really matter, after all. It all just boils down to “trans-V this, and trans-V that“, blah blah blah. And what can be the harm in a little trans-V somethingorother?
Argh. People are terrible.
I generally agree with Feministing’s suggested new rules for vaginaphobes who want to pass these kinds of laws. I might go a bit less far in presuming to know quite what’s going on in your head if you’re that uncomfortable with these anatomical terms, but anything you’re going to pass a law about – particularly a law mandating physical insertion of a foreign body into a person’s orifice – deserves to be taken seriously. And that emphatically includes vaginas. Your inability to describe them in normal, grown-up language doesn’t speak well to your capacity for giving the subject the consideration it deserves.