Liza Grey, State Representative for Michigan, was banned from speaking in the House of Representatives for saying the word "a***e" during a recent speech to the House.
The word was used as the anatomically correct way to describe the part of the leg between the foot and the calf. The subject of the debate was what should be the permissable length of women's socks.
Ms Grey said: 'It is not the business of the state to decide the length of women's socks. This decision must be up to the individual woman. If some women wish to wear socks that stop below the a***e, then that is their right.'
State Representative Mick Shoutin expressed his shock and disgust at Liza Grey's language. 'It is disgraceful a lady should have said such a word in a public space. If anyone doubts that the subsequent ban is just, then I say to him: is that the kind of language you want your wives and servants to be hearing?' Mr Shoutin, who is originally from the 19th century and arrived in the US via time machine, is in support of a bill to force women to wear socks that reach to at least their knees.
Apologies to all readers who complained about the original version of this article, which contained an uncensored version of the word "a***e".