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Posts tagged "vagina"

Melissa Harris Perry: Michigan State Rep silenced for saying ‘Vagina’

I meant to post this when it came on last week

by Anne Koedt

Here is a link to the entire text explaining the Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm. I’m going to summarize my understanding of this but I advise you to click through to read the entire article.

Essentially the vaginal orgasm is labeled a “myth” created by the patriarchy because the vaginal intercourse is apparently not the most efficient way for a woman to achieve orgasm. BUT its the only type of “sex” deemed legitimate and taught about. Its placed in the position as the IDEAL simply because it is the idea position for (heterosexual) men to achieve orgasm - but because of the clitoris don’t actually NEED a penis to achieve orgasm. But clitoral stimulation is rarely talked or taught because… that threatens the surpremacy of the penis!

Therefore, all intercourse that isn’t a penis penetrating a vagina is automatically deemed “not real sex”. Even in medical texts that talk about sex, the Vagina is written off as passive while the penis is seen as running the show - when even on a biological level both organs do a lot of work.

anywho read the whole article!

My criticism of The Vagina Monologues is not meant to undermine or to dismiss the
positive impacts that it has brought to many Americans, including me, or the concerns and issues that have been raised by the project. What I find troubling about The Vagina
Monologues is the ways in which non-Western women are appropriated in this purportedly universal, but particularly Western, story of ‘female sexuality’ and ‘vaginas’ that intends to cut across racial, cultural, national, and geographical locations unproblematically. Under the global heading of ‘sisterhood’, Ensler justifies the need to represent the ‘problems and pains’ of her non-Western ‘sisters’, separated from Ensler by geographical and social space, but whose pains are still felt given their presumed biological bond. While this assumption of global sisterhood is a worthy ideal, there remain realities of power relations among women along lines of racial, cultural and economic status; sexuality; kinship; and nationality.

‘ONE VAGINA TO GO’ - Eve Ensler’s Universal Vagina and its Implications for African Women 

By Wairimu˜ Ngaru˜ iya Njambi 

I have to be honest, I don’t think most of this article made sense to me. But here are the parts i liked

Douchebags were a conspiracy of the patriarchy, a medieval-looking invention that simultaneously suggested that female sex organs were filthy, stinky and repulsive to men, and promised to cure this imaginary affliction. But it doesn’t cure anything. Douchebags can, in fact, upset the natural bacterial culture of the vagina that protects the organ from infection.There’s also the small matter that unwashed men and women can rid themselves of odorous funks by showering regularly, or even semi-regularly. Vaginas smell like sex and sex smells good.

and this

Centuries later, enter a nozzle, a bag, water, and vinegar. The douchebag is a potent symbol of one gender’s chief crime against its own species, which is a lack of empathy and imagination. A failure to accept that if douchebags exist, then why aren’t there any dick and balls Sham-Wows? If women are so stinky that they require their own cleansing device, then men should have one as well. Stink is the great equalizer, right? But, you know, as I wrote earlier … soap and water suffice.

I’ll usually post anything that points how how much stigma is placed on the vagina that society seems to accept without question. I wonder what age young girls usually remember realizing that their vagina is something that is bad that they should be ashamed of, and when young boys realize that their penis is something powerful & fun to whip around? just curious…


The Pocket Guide To Vaginal Euphemisms & Their Meanings

via Jezebel

Women are taught early on to hate their bodies. Umm, the vagina is amazing. Every part of every body is amazing.