It is well known that many Republicans have a hang-up about sex, believing it should be kept hidden away in places such as airport men’s rooms. Florida Republicans are even shocked to hear the word uterus. The St. Petersburg Times reports:
During last week’s discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker’s paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations — except when it comes to the little guys, or serves their specific interests.
At one point Randolph suggested that his wife “incorporate her uterus” to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn’t want to further regulate a Florida business.
Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn’t like the one-liner.
They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.
“The point was that Republicans are always talking about deregulation and big government,” Randolph said Thursday. “And I always say their philosophy is small government for the big guy and big government for the little guy. And so, if my wife’s uterus was incorporated or my friend’s bedroom was incorporated, maybe they (Republicans) would be talking about deregulating.
“It’s not like I used slang,” said Randolph, who actually got the line from his wife. He said Republicans voiced concern about young pages hearing the word uterus.
“I think it’s a sad commentary about what we think about sex education in the state,” he said.
Perhaps the problem is that he didn’t use slang. Republicans are more likely to be shocked by a word which might be found in biology books–the same place where one might find discussion of verboten topics such as evolution and contraception.