Today Daily Kos reported that Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle recently found himself on the receiving end of some serious vagina-related TMI from enraged women. Why? Well, Recently, McDougle attacked reproductive rights as hard as he could, including supporting a bill that would force women seeking abortions to suffer medically unnecessary vaginal penetration by their doctors. Shockingly, some women took issue with this. As Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan wrote:
Virginia Republican caucus chairman Ryan McDougle has proven himself a fearless, uterusless supporter of Getting all up in The Commonwealth’s Ladybusiness. He backed the state’s now-tabled Personhood bill and stood behind the law that will force women seeking abortions to receive medically unnecessary ultrasounds. And Virginia’s women, touched that he cares so much for what’s happening inside their female anatomy, have taken to his Facebook page in order to give the lawmaker detailed updates on what’s going around in and around their babycaves. It should go without saying that hilarity ensued.
A Righteous Feminist Dude friend posted a link to the story on his Facebook page with the comment: Go, ladies! Virginia lawmakers want to know what is going on in your Business (they do not like to say “vagina” in government buildings, I think that is a rule from the Founding Fathers). Tell them! TELL THEM ALL! Check out either above link to read some of the grossly fabulous overshares that resulted.
So I was totally going to go on McDougle’s Facebook page and tell him all about a really bad yeast infection I had one time, with detailed descriptions of the itching and the cracking reddened skin and the cottage-cheese like discharge, but his page is no longer taking comments. I can’t imagine why. Righteous Feminist Dude helpfully pointed out that McDougle has a Twitter account—@ryanmcdougle—and suggested that I send a 15-part tweet (y’know, just to make sure I gave Mr. McDougle all the information he needs to make unilateral decisions about my reproductive health.)
I might also like to send Sen. McDougle a link to Marie Anelle’s post about what comes out of a vagina during a medical abortion, which would undoubtedly cause his head to explode (an incentive if there ever was one). I might also detail for him how in my late 30s my menstrual blood has become clottier and this will sometimes cause diva cup overflows, including this one time when I was coming home on the train with PhDork and I just felt this unexpected gush and let’s say it was really lucky I was wearing dark-wash jeans because it was like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre down there….
Is there anything you’d like to tell State Senator Ryan McDougle? Please feel free to share in the comments….