Wednesday, March 5, 2008

There is nothing wrong with the word vagina.

Dear Oprah and Shonda Rhimes,

I am not sure which one of you started this trend, but I am deeply offended with your shows' (The Oprah Winfrey Show and Grey's Anatomy) frequent use of the term va-jay-jay. While I'm not offended with you mentioning that particular body part (it is after all a wondrous thing) I am offended that rather than using the proper term, vagina, you are using a pretend word that sounds like some deranged cartoon character.

Female genitalia has been celebrated for centuries. Witness the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, the passion of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues ,the groundbreaking The Dinner Party art installation by Judy Chicago.

Even Microsoft is getting in to the spirit. Have you seen the recent design on their bluetooth notebook mouse?

(Oh, was that not intentional?)

In conclusion, please help show woman and girls everywhere that being female is nothing to be ashamed of. Uncomfortable with the real thing? Start off with a Vulva Puppet if you have to and work your way up.

Please respect your vagina. You only get one. Be proud of it and call it by its proper name.


(Many thanks to Josh Bancroft for alert regarding the bluetooth mouse.)
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