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Sperm Trumps Vagina. Excuse Me?

What gives?

If vaginas are too inappropriate for network television, national radio, and, 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?

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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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