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Using the word "vagina" when you mean "vulva"

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AIBU to think that people should know the difference between these parts of the body and use the correct names? It's not uncommon to hear people use the word vagina (the internal organ) when they clearly mean the vulva (the external parts). For example, "the great wall of vagina" sells a "Vagina Casting Kit", but you're going to be smearing alginate over your vulva not shoving it up your vagina! They also sell "The big coloring book of vaginas", and mention "...From the compact smooth vagina to a coiffed vagina with full lips..." when they mean vulva FFS! It grinds my gears!

NewtRipley Tue 14-Jan-14 08:16:14

I think there's a point here about squueamishness about female sexuality.

Of course we don't have to use anatomical terminology - men don't use the term penis all the time. Of course you can call yours

But it's a bit sad that some people don't even know those "secret inside parts" even have a name.

NewtRipley Tue 14-Jan-14 08:16:46

Sorry, missed out a bit :

"Of course you can call yours whatever you want"

Ledkr Tue 14-Jan-14 08:17:39

You mean you don't go to the drs and just lower your eyes whilst whispering "downstairs, you know dr"

Are you lot mad? grin

SoupDragon Tue 14-Jan-14 08:57:31

But it's a bit sad that some people don't even know those "secret inside parts" even have a name.

You're wrong though - it's the visible outside parts that people don't know have a specific name. People are using vagina to describe inside and out as one entity.

TimeToPassGo Tue 14-Jan-14 11:03:13

I have decided henceforth that I shall use the Scrubs inspired term 'bejingo'. It has a pleasingly musical sound.

TimeToPassGo Tue 14-Jan-14 11:05:06

Velvet pouch? I think that would be more of an aspirational term for my bejingo.

Crowler Tue 14-Jan-14 11:18:04

You mean you don't go to the drs and just lower your eyes whilst whispering "downstairs, you know dr"

Oh my god, this is so funny, thank you.

notso Tue 14-Jan-14 12:21:39

I just don't think there is a massive need to be so anatomically correct, even at the Doctors.
I've never heard of anyone who's gone to the Doctor with itching 'down below' and come away with athletes foot cream.
I don't know the names of loads of body parts, before Wayne Rooney we all just had broken toes!

MoominIsGoingToBeAMumWaitWHAT Tue 14-Jan-14 12:28:36

It's a cave of wonders. Accessed by crossing the magic carpet.

I like my bits to be Disneyfied.

StarShank Tue 14-Jan-14 12:52:40

I like VEJINGO, like scrubs but with more vag.

NewtRipley Tue 14-Jan-14 16:31:29

Soup, yes,, you're right. The point i was trying to make (badly) is that different bits have different names and woman don't even know what different bits of their genitalia are called.

Birdinthebush Tue 14-Jan-14 22:50:10

Reminds me when a friends DC was looking at his neighbours new car and said he had a shiny new vulva

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