Stop calling it a vagina.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is called vulva.
Why can most of us easily say “penis” but find it so hard to just say “vagina”?
Scientifically, the vulva makes up everything you see on the outside. The vaginal opening is just one part of the vulva. By saying vagina, we’re ignoring the collective visual aspect of the female anatomy.
I ended up writing this because I remember some time last year, I was reading “ The Vagina Monologues” (should be vulva) by Eve Ensler. Talking about, obviously, the “Vagina”. Apparently, it is wrong. “Vagina” is used incorrectly so often that even highly educated people use the wrong term. Even Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, The Great Wall of Vagina and even in the media we’d see “Vagina” being misplaced for vulva.
Kate Tatsumi, an artist based in California has also questioned and explored feminine stereotypes as she utilizes feminist language and irony. Seeing her works, has made me even more curious and interested in challenging the cultural norm of using a part of the female body that according to her actually puts focus straight on male pleasure--”Vagina”.
But why can’t we say it?
In Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, in her own words she mentioned that saying “vagina” (Vulva) is exactly the same thing as saying elbow, foot, head, etc. It’s a different body part, but it IS a body part. So what’s the difference?
Why do we need to hide it in names such as “Hoo-haa”, “Vaj” “vajayjay” “V”,”down there” or something else? ( I know you’re squirming and getting all giggly reading this..)
It’s also a medical term, so what’s wrong with that?
We can never claim femininity if we can’t say or talk about it. So don’t be afraid to say it...but don’t say Vagina, unless you really are talking about a “vagina”---say VULVA!
VIVA LA VULVA!