Holy Hormones Journal: No, I did not lose my vagina – but the article below, written by another woman I would have coffee with is about a UK study where only 1/2 of the women ages 26 to 35 were able to locate and label the organs and tissues in the reproductive system. That’s what happens when you put young girls on synthetic hormone steroids to prevent pregnancy – they do not have to know about the deep, dark and moist cave where the snake likes to wiggle in to get warm and shoot it… well you get the picture, right? Yikes, that last sentence is even almost too snarky for me. I digressed.
Back on topic – I find it appalling that women/girls are not taught about the sacred organs that make up the endocrine and reproductive system. When women do not have these tools they remain victims of their bodies and their hormones and their behaviors.
I remember back in the early feminist days – teaching women how to do cervical exams – lying on a table with a mirror between our legs. It was important and empowering to see our vaginas, labia, feel the clitoris and see the cervix.
You take away women’s history – lobotomize women with steroids and psychotropic drugs…and you take away women.
Just for kicks and grins take a look at this post about adult women looking at their vaginas for the first time. If 50% of younger women cannot identify their reproductive organs, how many adult women are just as ignorant.
Let me ask you this… How can we teach our daughters to be empowered about sex choices, when we have not even provided the education to be empowered about their bodies?
X Marks the Spot: Women Can’t Label Vagina Diagram
by Betsy Farber
IF YOU asked any man on the planet to point to his penis, he’d find it every time. And how could he not. Men’s junk sticks out like a sore thumb — or, like a penis. But apparently women aren’t as precise in the “locate your anatomy” department.
According to a new UK study released by the The Eve Appeal, only half of the women surveyed between the ages of 26-35 were able to correctly locate and label the female reproductive system on a diagram.
While this study didn’t poll millions of women from all over the world (it should have), the information revealed is still telling, and well, sort of ridiculous. Ridiculous because humans have managed to locate and explore the ocean deeps and the far reaches of space… but women are still having trouble locating their vaginas?
The vagina is often referred to as flower, but, as can be clearly seen by this research, it looks like they’re thought of more as dark, confusing caves and know one knows what the hell is going on up in there. Just how exactly is one supposed to maintain, fix, or, just as importantly, pleasure their equipment, if they don’t know where the important parts are to be found? If knowledge is power, and power is the ability to effect change, then it’s not a big jump to correlate these findings with statistics that recently came to light revealing that many women experience trouble — and sometimes a downright inability — to have an orgasm.