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Sperm Trumps Vagina. Excuse Me?

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Sperm Trumps Vagina. Excuse Me?

Last week, just before blasting off on my 20 city book tour for my book What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend, I got a call from a guy at They had posted a piece called 15 Crazy Things About Sperm and it has been a slam dunk, runaway hit on the website. He wanted me to write a similar post about vaginas. He loved my style, thought I was funny, and they were trying to spice up their health news, so he thought I’d be perfect (*Lissa blushes*). I was running around like a crazy person trying to get ready for my tour, but how could I turn down the opportunity to write 15 crazy things about the vagina? Vagina vagina vagina!

So I dropped everything and wrote a badass piece — 15 Curious Things You May Not Know About the Vagina. The guy at loved it and promised to post it on the day my book launched. Which he did. But when I went to look for it, it wasn’t there? What happened?

Too saucy?!

Well, the next day, the guy called me, tail between his legs, to say how embarrassed he was to have to tell me that the post was up for only an hour before the suits in corporate made him take it down. It was “too saucy.” He felt awful. He couldn’t stop apologizing. I was tempted to go off on the guy and start ranting, but he was SO nice, and clearly, it hadn’t been his decision. He loves vaginas. He felt bad, so I let him off the hook. No worries. We’re scheduled to have coffee when I’m in New York.

But the more I thought about it, the more it bugged me. Why DID they make him take down my post? The sperm post was pretty saucy too. Why do sperm get to stay up, while vaginas — once again — are relegated to the closet? What does this say about our society?

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at and also created two online communities - and She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


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12:48AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Woman are getting obsessed.I thought only men did that

8:37PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

va... gi... na...
say it again --> vagina
nothing happened, the whole world keep going :)
so why so afraid?! hahah
*poor double-standard men

8:26AM PDT on May 22, 2011

Come to the UK! I'm sure this is a purely american prudery, as I've heard vaginas mentioned on both radio and TV. Admittedly our adverts for "feminine products" are pretty much as coy as yours, but that's all the more reason to invest in a moon cup!

7:02PM PDT on May 21, 2011

why are people so scared to say vagina?
it's easy, vagina.
vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. there.

5:25AM PDT on May 21, 2011


12:57AM PDT on May 21, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:51AM PDT on May 20, 2011

The biggest problem is Men have been tought to be scared to death over your Vagina and the power it holds over them. Just the thought of a Vagina makes them act stupid and sophmorish. Your Vagina is so good and powerfull it cant even be discussed in public in a serious way by men.

10:50AM PDT on May 19, 2011

Uterus is a bad word too apparently. I have noticed that any product that has to do with female pleasure enhancement is put on only late night space, yet we have those darn Viagra and cialis adds running to the point of annoyance! Especially when insurance pays without question for old men to get it up.
There is a definite problem with the media anyway and mostly men run it who do not care about women's issues or body parts( unless they can utilize them) I guess they think that women never watch TV?? so there you have it.

9:08AM PDT on May 19, 2011

a little pussy never hurts anyone. They always purr at you.

9:06AM PDT on May 19, 2011

Your not talking about Donald Trumps sperm are you?

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