If vaginas are too inappropriate for network television, national radio, and CBSNews.com, why can we talk about erectile dysfunction and sperm? The double standard pisses me off! What is wrong with these people? Personally, I have no problem with talking about sperm and Viagra, but if I have to get caught explaining erectile dysfunction to my four year old, shouldnít we be allowed to talk about vaginas?
Now granted, Iím on the road now on my book tour for Whatís Up Down There?, speaking at colleges, reading at bookstores, appearing on television, being interviewed on the radio, and writing guest posts for websites. About what? You guessed it. Vaginas. So clearly Iím not shy. But Iím getting sick and tired of being censored.
Why do I think we should talk about vaginas?
We talk about the eyeball. We talk about the big toe. We talk about belly buttons and thighs and armpits without shame or embarrassment. Why NOT talk about vaginas? But frankly, I think itís even more important to talk about vaginas than it is to talk about fingers or knees. The vagina is where life begins. Itís the portal of pleasure. But itís also the place where many traumas happen. As women, we get molested as children, we get raped, we experience painful trips to insensitive gynecologists, we tear through our vaginas during childbirth, we get abortions, we suffer from painful intercourse. When we donít talk about vaginas, these traumas back up inside us and fester.
We MUST bring the vagina out of the closet. At least grant us equal air time in the media as sperm, penises, and erectile dysfunction. I mean seriously, people. Get OVER it!
Thatís why I wrote Whatís Up Down There? — to get people talking and demystify this divine part of our bodies. How can we love ourselves if we donít love ALL of ourselves? So say it with me. Vagina. Vagina. Vagina. (See, that wasnít so hard, was it?)
What do you think? Does this piss you off as much as it pisses me off? Does it make you uncomfortable to talk about vaginas? Are you willing to join me on my mission to bring the vagina out of the closet?