A study in the UK found that only half of women aged 26-35 were able to label the vagina accurately on a diagram. What could be worse? The word “vagina” is usually misused. When referencing their lady parts – women often call the whole shebang “vagina” which is simply neglecting the rest of their parts. Why is this so COMMON?
Your VULVA deserves more credit! Your VULVA is a simple name for your outside genitals [mic drop].
The Vulva is the all-in-one-term for your external parts such as the clitoris, urethral opening (pee hole), inner and outer labia (lips). The Vagina is the internal passage between the uterus and external genitals leading up to the cervix. In other words:
- VULVA = EXTERNAL FEELS
- VAGINA = INTERNAL FEELS
ICYMI: VULVAS & VAGINAS have been SYSTEMATICALLY ERASED from SCIENCE, ART & HISTORY (wtf?) YES!
Now we’ll get straight to the point: Its no wonder so many women can’t label their parts accurately.
QUIZ: Think about ANY/ALL Greek and/or Roman statues you’ve seen in books or real life...
Q: Of Greek and Roman WOMEN: Do you recall seeing hair, urethras (pee holes), or clits and lips?
A: HELL NO. Their body forms are smooth, hairless, and genital-less with a keen resemblance to Barbie’s blank body parts.
Q: Of Greek and Roman MEN: do you recall seeing any hair, urethras (pee holes), testicles or foreskin?
A: YES! Male statues are usually rockin’ out with their cocks out – every variation of balls, penis’ and pubic hair on display. It’s safe to say men’s genitals aren’t typically mislabeled…
The appearance of female genitalia has been a social taboo rooted in patriarchal western culture. Women’s bodies and sexuality have been indoctrinated in shame, cloaked with an unrealistic purity, wiped away and smoothed flat.
Frustrating, right? We’re here to reintroduce your basic anatomy. Not only because Vulva’s deserves more credit - but there's a plethora of fun and positive benefits to knowing your body, better.
Knowing your body parts and what they look like is an important addition to your DAILY dose of self-love and body positivity, not to mention: IT IS KEY to your overall health and sex life.
Knowing your body makes it easier to:
1. Tell if something is “off” down below.
2. Obtain a HIGHER self-confidence when talking to your doctor and partner(s) 3. Obtain a HIGHER genital self image
4. Obtain a BETTER sex life
The lowdown? When you know your body and give it a daily dose of self-love (especially down below) your life, relationships with others and yourself will improve. So let’s pull out the mirror and start learning – your vulva will thank you.
Now once we’ve learned the basics – it’s time to spread the good word. Vulvas everywhere will rejoice!
For more information, we love the educational website the labia library. PS: Always talk to a trusted doctor or medical professional for any questions you may have about your body or if you’re feeling any discomfort.