New Hampshire state legislator Peter Hansen (R-Amherst) referred to women as “vaginas” in a message that was sent on New Hampshire’s official internal email system.

The  message was directed towards a fellow Republican state legislator and was part of a conversation about a House Bill that repealed part of a Stand Your Ground law.

Hansen wrote:

What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina’s (sic) of course. While the tales relate the actions of a solitary male the outcome cannot relate to similar situations where children and women and mothers are the potential victims.

State Rep. Rick Watrous called Hansen’s language crude and cautioned him to refrain from using offensive language on the listserve.  (It’s unclear whether anyone called on Hansen for incorrect use of the possessive case.) Hansen wasn’t done yet though. In response to that Hansen said:

Having a fairly well-educated mind I do not need self-appointed wardens to A: try to put words in my mouth for political gain and B: Turn a well founded strategy in communication into an insulting accusation, and finally if you find the noun vagina insulting or in some way offensive then perhaps a better exercise might be for you to re-examine your psyche.

It wasn’t until another one of Hansen’s colleagues, state Republican chair Jennifer Horn called his words disrespectful that Hansen finally backed down.  Well, first he issued a non-apology by saying people took his words out of context and then he actually apologized saying “The debate over the rights of everyone to protect their home and family is too important to be overshadowed by the clumsy and disrespectful way in which I tried to make my point.”

Do you find it offensive that “vagina” was used in place of the word “women?”

Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter,@Love_Is_Dope.

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