The Singing Grannies “Don’t Say ‘Uterus'”


Inspired by Florida’s Scott Randolph stating that if his wife incorporated her uterus there would be less restrictions on it, the “Singing Grannies” have an ode for the state legislature — “Don’t Say ‘Uterus.'”

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  • nonsequiteuse

    Love this!

     

    For my 40th birthday in January, a woman I met through Planned Parenthood who is my mom’s age gave me a great gift. It is a baseball hat, purple, covered with the various pro-choice buttons she’s collected over the years. She is not the type to wear either a ball cap or buttons, and I’m not really, either, but I cherish it. I can picture myself as one of these women in 30 or 40 years. Although it sure would be nice if by then we weren’t still fighting this fight …

  • princess-jourdan

    My friend the former Mrs. Florida showed me this video last week. I can understand why these elderly ladies would be so outraged at such mysoginy and blunt in-your-face attacks on female bodily autonomy–because these old ladies lived during a time when there was NO choice and when people minded their own business a lot more than they do now. Even though women had no choices when it came to their fertility, society was still more apt to stay out of other people’s “private family” matters. When I worked at a nursing home years ago, this one little old lady Edith was reading a newspaper article about some pharmacists refusing to fill women’s prescriptions for birth control, and she became LIVID. She suddenly rose up in her chair and said to me, “In my day, people minded their own business! I was one of the first women to use birth control pills when they first came out because I had polyps on my uterus. And if anyone had tried to butt in and say anything to me about it, I would have told them where to go!!” It seems that this kind of abrasive, in-your-face nosiness and morality was NOT accepted decades ago, based on what some elderly people have told me.

  • jjluvitt

    I saw Bill O’Reilly get upset about using the word uterus in front of children.  I think he thinks it means vagina or vulva or even “pussy”  Don’t Catholics say “womb” at every mass?  Don’t they say it  in the rosary?  Don’t they teach children to mention the “fruit of thy womb?”  They need better sex education.  they don’t even know the names of women’s body parts that they worship.

    Uterus=womb.  Get it?  Of course, this is why men have been afraid of women through history.  They have strong, invisible body parts that can produce things men can’t.  Worship it or control it.  Hey, how about just leave it alone.

     

  • princess-jourdan

    My friend the former Mrs. Florida showed this video to me last week.  I’m not surprised that these elerly ladies would be so angry at the Republicans for such mysoginistic insanity.  Even though these ladies lived during a time when there really was NO choice regarding abortion and birth control, they also remember a time when people minded their own business and kept their noses out of other people’s private family matters.  For example, I used to work at a nursing home many years ago.  One of the frail female elderly residents liked to read the newspaper.  One day she happened to read about the new stink that pharmacists were raising over having to fill prescriptions for birth control.  She was LIVID.  When I came to talk to her about it, this frail little woman raised herself up in her chair, shook her finger at me, and said “In my day, people minded their own business!! I was one of the first women to use the birth control pill right after it was invented because I had polyps on my uterus.  If anyone had said anything to me about taking those pills, I would have told them to go straight to Hell!”  These old women remember living in a time when they were allowed no control over their own reproduction and when people weren’t so crass as to butt in and ask nosey questions about another person’s sex life or why they are using contraception.  It’s no wonder these women are disgusted at these Republican men!!

  • princess-jourdan

    Actually, when I read over my last post, I realize that I have spoken a contradiction–women having no control over their fertility yet people minded their own businesses. I don’t know how else to word that, but older people have told me many times that people DID mind their own businesses a lot better back then and that no one would have even thought to ask nosey questions about someone else’s sex life. Are there any elderly people on this message board who were of reproductive age during the 1950’s or 1960’s who can offer some insight to this?

  • princess-jourdan

    Actually, when I read over my last post, I realize that I have spoken a contradiction–women having no control over their fertility yet people minded their own businesses. I don’t know how else to word that, but older people have told me many times that people DID mind their own businesses a lot better back then and that no one would have even thought to ask nosey questions about someone else’s sex life. Are there any elderly people on this message board who were of reproductive age during the 1950’s or 1960’s who can offer some insight to this?

  • goatini

    But seriously, in my earliest job interviews, I can remember being asked if I was married or engaged, and when did I plan on “starting a family”.  This, of course, was back in the Dark Ages when the Old Grey Lady’s Classfied section was segregated into “Help Wanted – Male” and “Help Wanted – Female”.  

  • rebellious-grrl

    Nice post goatini! I dislike the word “elderly.” The word as an adjective sounds like it’s someone who is near death. And these grannies are full of energy and life. I’ve protested at anti-war rallies with “grannies” like these women and they kick butt! They have more spunky energy than a lot of the young “whippersnappers” out there.

    I have lots of love and respect for the crones/wise women in my life.

    Let’s think of a better word to use than elderly. What about “crone?” Or “elder” as a noun, a term of respect, as wise women elders?