Gabrielle Vaughn | VenusBlogs Editor at Large

[dc]A[/dc]s years go, 2012 did seem to stand out as exceptional when it came to sex scandals, misunderstandings, sexually charged debates and hot sexual topics in politics. But in all honesty, if one word soared to the top of the heap, it was the word, vagina. You didn’t get away with living through 2012 without knowledge of this word.

Vagina wins the VenusBlogs Award for Word of the Year!

2012 was the year the people freaked out over the word, Vagina. Remember Lisa Brown at the Michigan House Democratic Caucus? Must see, must remember video, right here, ladies.

Salon’s Tracy Clark-Flory goes over a few of the great sexually charged blunders and wonders of 2012.

…on the topic of cluelessness about consent, let’s not forget former Rep. Todd Akin’s enraging comments about “legitimate rape” and Daniel Tosh’s jokes about an audience member getting gang raped.

Extra icky was the Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh horror show:

Of course it’s inevitable that as we sexually mature as a culture — especially when it comes to women’s rights — we’ll see some angsty prepubescent tantrums. Case in point: Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for wanting health insurance coverage for birth control. It wasn’t just right-wing shock jocks: We had legitimate GOP presidential candidates talking about outlawing birth control. We even saw the advancement of abstinence-only education — for real! — in 2012. For just one example, Tennessee passed a bill to “exclusively and emphatically” promote abstinence until marriage and allow parents to sue teachers for promoting “gateway sexual activity.” The Department of Health and Human Services quietly added an ab-only program to its list of approved “evidence-based” sex-ed programs.

And, of course, our very good friend, Vagina, decided to make herself known once and for all with this historical moment:

Ah, but much of the backlash backfired, with women using mockery like never before to challenge the assault on women’s bodies and sexuality. (For example, in response to Oklahoma’s “personhood” measure, state Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre protested with a sign reading, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d fuck a senator.”) Female lawmakers even proposed satirical bills in response to very real attempts at restricting women’s reproductive rights. Oklahoma state Sen. Constance Johnson drafted a bill declaring that “any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.”

From 50 Shades of Grey to porn stars, sex tapes, Penn State, gay marriage — 2012 nailed it. To read more: The Year in Sex.

Let’s face it: The vaginas have it. Let’s see what we can do in 2013!

I’m in. How ’bout you?

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