Yes, I said it. I said the V word.
I am working on a section of my NaturalBirthBabyandBeyond.com Childbirth Empowerment site about Understanding Your Female Body and I have to say I am disappointed in our society.
Maybe it’s just because I have a health care education or maybe it’s just me. I think the human body is NORMAL. Why do we hide it and pretend it doesn’t exist?
What am I talking about? VULVAS!
Do you even know what your vulva is? Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t; most women don’t know either.
We grow up being told that boys have penises and girls have vaginas, so that’s what we know. Even then we aren’t to utter the “V” word; we have slang for it instead. It is now commonly being called your “vaj” because saying vagina in public is just inappropriate. Chances are that when you are talking about your “vagina” you are not referring to your vagina at all.
Has anyone actually told you what your vagina is or what it looks like? Frankly they can’t show you because without a speculum you can only see the vagina’s opening.
Also, vaginas have nothing to do with making pee pee. But that is what we tell little girls. Yes, it’s true that boys pee from their penises, but girls do NOT pee from their vaginas!
Confused? Not surprising.
Yes, girls have vaginas but vaginas are not part of the female external genitalia. Your external genitalia are called a vulva, not a vagina.
So as I am putting together the section of the NaturalBirthBabyandBeyond.com on Understanding Your Female Body, I am thoroughly disappointed in my search for pictures of vulvas. Since most women have never seen a vulva, including their own, I feel it is important for us to see all the variations of normal anatomy. All I can find are medical pictures of diseased vulvas, sexually transmitted infections, and sites that refer to our bodies as being embarrassing.
The female body seems to have been given up to the domains of medicine, shame, and porn. Seriously, who is holding the power and control of what we know about our bodies?
Our bodies belong to us and we need to reclaim them. This is the first step to reclaiming birth. Get to know your own body. It is yours, no one else’s. Don’t give it up to the man in the white coat.
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