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Vagina, frou-frou, foofer or foofina?

It’s endlessly fascinating to me how words for our genitals can create such massive and emotional responses. It saddens me that we use the slang words for our genitals as curse words. Even on telly these days the words ‘pussy’, ‘cunt’, ‘dick’ and ‘arse’ are used derogatorily to describe someone lame, mean or unpleasant. Then we go and use these very same words to describe our own bodies, the parts of our bodies that give us the most pleasure too! And let’s face it – when we’re in the bedroom getting all hot and steamy with our partners, it just kills the buzz to say something like, ‘Oh yeah baby, fuck my vagina’.


Just recently an American politician was barred from speaking in the Michigan state legislature for using the word vagina during a debate. I wanted to write about it at the time but was so stunned I was actually lost for words. How could that be possible? In this day and age, a person is barred from speaking in a political debate for saying vagina! The term was deemed ‘offensive’.

The politician in question was debating abortion issues and vagina was the correct word to point to what she was trying to illustrate. The people she was speaking to didn’t just blush and swivel nervously in their chairs, they actually took the action of banning her from speaking further. Shocking! Are we still that backwards and ashamed about our bodies?  It appears so.

A week later, a feminine hygiene product was booed off Facebook for using the terms twinkle, vajayjay, yoni, mini, fancy, kitty, nooni, la la and froo froo rather than the word vagina. Women (and a few men) who saw their ad berated them for not using the correct term, and, thankfully, for creating a product that just adds to women’s shame about their bodies.

Interestingly, I remembered that a year or so ago Mooncup had created a marketing ploy that invited women to write in and tell them ‘what do you call yours’. They called it ‘Love your vagina’ and they had over 16,000 responses! Terms currently listed on their website include ‘the grumpy elf’, ‘Patunia’, ‘My little trinket box’, ‘The vortex’ and ‘Pipinka’. Women loved the campaign! There’s even a ‘Love your vagina’ song.

I can only surmise that Mooncup did so well because first of all they are a product that helps women, that is natural and good for you and the planet. They invited women to not only love their vaginas, but to spread the love by writing in and sharing what words they used to describe their own.

The feminine hygiene product, on the other hand, intrinsically creates shame by its very existence. They lead women to believe that they need to cover up their own natural smell, often causing health problems when they do. This, on top of the decision to not use the word vagina, backfired on them. It seems that it’s one thing to call your own vagina ‘Miss Flamingo’, ‘My cup of pleasure’ or ‘Snoo snoo’, but a company that is bringing shame on your ‘love flaps’ had better say vagina!

Of course there is no right or wrong, just what works for you at the time. Personally I prefer to talk to my doctor about my vulva or vagina but to my partner about my pussy or cunt. I quite also like the term my daughter once shared with me which was vagine (said with a sort of French accent to sort of rhyme with ‘regime’). To me it sounds like the palace of pleasure that is my vagina.

So… what do you call yours?

 

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