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From emails sent in June to Michigan state legislator Lisa Brown after she spoke out against a bill restricting access to abortion. Brown ended her comments by saying, “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.” The next day, the majority floor leader barred her from speaking, arguing that her reference to her vagina violated decorum. Your attempt to communicate the idea that anyone who disagrees with you is guilty of rape is why hysterical women have been kept out of politics for the last 10,000 years. I suggest that you engage …

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