An email sent April 1 by a New Hampshire legislator referring to women as 'vaginas' is sparking controversy, the Boston Herald said.
Republican Peter Hansen of Amherst was referring to a speech given by another lawmaker which discussed an easy retreat.
According to messages posted online by blogger Susan Bruce, Hansen wrote: "There were two critical ingredients missing in the illustrious stories purporting to demonstrate the practical side of retreat. Not that retreat may not be possible mind you. 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 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."
House Republican Leader Gene Chandler said that the comments are unprofessional and do not reflect the opinions of the Republican Party, the Pioneer Press said.
Hansen, 70, said Tuesday that he doesn't regret the remark, and the context of the word choice was to create shock content, and to get in the mind of "the perpetrator." He argued that the situation has been "totally blown out of proportion."