Just when you thought the only function left for the House of Lords was modelling ermine, it has come back to life as a significant political force.
From the Inga Muscio classic Cunt: A Declaration of Independence to Dr Catherine Blackledge’s The Story of V, to Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman, women have been trying to wrestle their vaginas out of male hands and away from male terms which don’t belong to us for ages now. Half the population carry them around in their pants without freaking out, yet if VAGINAS were supposed to complement the saccharine, flower-gathering view of everyday women by smelling like a lavender patch, they would.
However, after a face-to-face meeting, he said he would find it “difficult to abide by the collective responsibility that comes with serving in the shadow cabinet”. The bridge was first proposed as a privately funded venture, but there are now suggestions that it could receive ?30m of city funds, and it would cost a further ?3.5m annually to maintain it and keep the foliage watered.


We encountered two Italian exchange students who told us that the standard slang term for down there in Italy is ‘potato’ - a visual we’re finding it slightly difficult to get our heads around. The whole ‘froo froo’ shebang has led to an internet-wide speculation on how you should refer to your lady parts - with equally cutesy results.
Fundamentalist Christians are no better, as the online post ’51 Christian Friendly Terms For VAGINA’, which jokingly suggests such legends as ‘sin bucket’, ‘devil sponge’ and ‘neighbour of anus’, goes to show. His rallies were compared to rock concerts, packing venues and creating queues of excitable youths around the block. The references to how “uncomfortable” he had found the media intrusion led some to suspect a tabloid scandal was imminent, but none materialised.


And no matter how irritating (sometimes offensive) the social media support was, the hashtaggers were right. Although the May election result surprised pollsters, who had consistently overrated Labour’s support and failed to predict how much the Conservatives would benefit from the collapse of the Lib Dems, it is too early to consign the entire area of study to the dustbin.



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