It’s time for you chumps to expand your vocabulary. Let’s face it. This world is far to male-centric. The patriarchy still continues to dictate the words that come out of our mouths, even though we don’t realize it. Wanna know how I know that?
“Vagina.” People are afraid to say the world, “vagina.” At least, according to SheKnows health editor Elizabeth Yuko. She believes we need to change that. In fact, “vagina” should become part of our “everyday vocabulary.”
“But it’s not just old white dude doctors who are uncomfortable with vaginas,” she writes. “Different surveys have found that between 35 and 65 percent of women are uncomfortable saying the word “vagina.” Translation: We’ve been so conditioned to think of women’s bodies as shameful or inappropriate that we have trouble using the correct term for a part of our own anatomy. That’s messed up.”
No. That translation is messed up. I don’t think women are afraid to say the word vagina. We just don’t think it’s an interesting subject to bring up in every day conversations. “Penis” doesn’t come up in everyday conversations either, but it’s not because people are afraid to say it. It’s because people generally don’t want to talk about male junk during their lunch break. Same goes for vaginas. Unfortunately for me, “vagina” is already practically part of my everyday vocabulary. #ThanksFeminists.