Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Speculum or X-Ray Vision?

In the last few years we have heard the word vagina used more and more in the news, on talk shows, and even on Broadway. I don't have a problem with the use of anatomical terms, but it bugs the heck out of me when they're used improperly.

Reporters feverishly reported that "Brittney's vagina was exposed" as she was getting out of a car without wearing her underwear. This morning on my ride to work, the DJ shrieked "I don't want to go to a nudist colony & walk around with my vagina showing!"

Ahem, excuse me, but unless a speculum is being used or the observer has x-ray vision, there is no danger of seeing a vagina when a woman is walking around or getting out of a car, no matter how naked she is! That's because the vagina is an INTERNAL part of the body. The external part is the vulva. Why it's suddenly being called a vagina (even in the acclaimed "Vagina Monologues" is beyond me.

So, remember the little word vulva & don't hesitate to use it (and even correct those who are mis-using the "other V word". After all, you don't hear people referring to a penis as a testicle... The female anatomy, just like the male anatomy, deserves to be properly named.


VexedAngel said...

hee hee hee This has been bugging me, too, but I totally forgot about vulva! I kept thinking labia, and then thinking, no, that's not totally right, either. LOL


Fuzzy White Dogs said...

Good! I was hoping I wasn't the only one bugged by it!

:::b r a n d i::: said...

I don't think I've ever read that word so much in one sitting in my life. You crack me up. You won't have to worry about me using it incorrectly because that is one of those words that I choose not to say on a regular basis. Kind of like "panties". I hate that word. It's all underwear to me.

Karen L said...

LOL! YES!! This is one of my pet peeves! Even my dd gets irate when this happens because I taught her the correct term when she was in grade school. She actually had heated arguments with school mates who thought she had made it up!