"erectile dysfunction" -- not for tender ears?

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 16 07:45:04 UTC 2012

Well, the Florida House did try to censure a member for saying "uterus"
on the floor. And yesterday, a Michigan Rep. was prevented from saying
"vagina" in her speech on an abortion bill. In every case, the prudish
element was Republican legislators.


On 6/16/2012 1:54 AM, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote:
> This is two years old but I just ran into it. For the taboo avoidance file:
>> State employees, have no fear -- thanks to the General Assembly, your health coverage will continue to cover drugs to treat erectile dysfunction. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) had recommended cutting funding for Viagra and similar drugs… The General Assembly agreed to restore funding for the drugs…But are lawmakers squeamish? When Kaine recommended the cut, he spelled out the words "erectile dysfunction." But in the assembly's budget, the pills are referred to more obliquely as "ED drugs."
>> Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post
>> http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/03/general_assembly_stands_firm_o.htm
> I'd have figured that anybody who's old enough to know what the words "erectile dysfunction" mean wouldn't have to be protected from them. Still, we're talking about the Virginia legislature here.
> Geoff

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