Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Nothing Rymes with Vulva!

This morning I’d like to direct you to today’s Broadsheet article by Catherine Price, “I've always preferred "hoo-ha.” So we’re talkin’ ‘bout Vaginas this morning and after reading the article I keep thinking, it’s Vulva (The external genital organs of the female, including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and vestibule of the vagina) [Source]! And speaking of etymology, check out this definition of vulva from the Online Etymology Dictionary:

1548, from L. vulva, earlier volva "womb, female sexual organ," lit. "wrapper,"
from volvere "to turn, twist, roll, revolve," also "turn over in the mind," from
PIE base *wel- "to turn, revolve" (cf. Skt. valate "turns round," ulvam "womb,
vulva;" Lith. valtis "twine, net," apvalus "round;" O.C.S. valiti "roll,
welter," vluna "wave;" Gk. eluo "wind, wrap," helix "spiral object," eilein "to
turn, squeeze;" Goth. walwjan "to roll;" O.E. wealwian "roll," weoloc "whelk,
spiral-shelled mollusk;" O.H.G. walzan "to roll, waltz;" O.Ir. fulumain
"rolling;" Welsh olwyn "wheel").

I especially think “to turn, revolve . . . squeeze” adequately describes the fabulous nature of women’s sex. Vajayjay sounds as childish and as silly as Ensler’s reference to “Kootchie Snorcher” in The Vagina Monologues. It invokes fear and shame of real words used to label our anatomy. Oprah and Jimmy Kimmel and others who have jumped on the bandwagon of this little pet name are doing nothing to instill confidence in women in the way we talk about our bodies. I keep thinking, "Grow up!", we're not changing out of our bathing suits in the girls' changroom with our moms at the pool anymore. If we're mature enough to say things like, Pap Smear," bold enough to start a revolution of the word, "Cunt," then we need to form either the word Vagina in our mouths or, more correctly in most instances, Vulva, and start a new revolution of bravery in the simple naming of our body parts.

1 comment:

Himbly said...

I was reading Pandagon comments and this came up:

November 7, 2007 at 8:42 pm
House said vagina in last night’s episode. Awesome!

I love hugh laurie.