You thought the intimate parts of the female body were free and independent? Wrong. By the terms chosen to define them, they too are the embodiment of patriarchal domination... For more inspiration you can visit TheToy.
If you're interested in the female body, you'll be delighted to learn that it's a territory in which man obviously couldn't help playing the sexual explorer geographer by naming his own private parts as if they were virgin land to be conquered. As a result, the names of mythological gods or old white anatomists are now squatting all over the area of the female pelvis.
For this reason, more and more organizations and personalities such as the Australian physicist Leah Kaminsky or the professor of cognitive sciences Lera Boroditsky (University of California, San Diego) are campaigning to change the names of female private parts. Last summer, the highly recognized and followed healthline.com, an American medical site, proposed in its turn a sex guide in which some genitals were renamed to be more inclusive.
The idea? To sound the death knell for gender stereotypes and the dominance of the male in the body of medical knowledge, because as the American sexologist Kenna Cook said in an article for the Bustle site in January 2018: "Sex words in anatomy are meant to reinforce heteronormativity and an idea of sex-based solely on reproduction." A little anatomy tour that shows it might be time to consider serious renaming.
1. The clitoris
The name of the most misunderstood and misunderstood appendix in history comes from the ancient Greek kleitoris: that is to say what is used to close, a lock or key. In her study "De l'anachronisme et du clitoris", from the collective work Le Français préclassique (published by Champion, 2011), the professor of literature Michèle Clément explains: "The Greek verb "cleitoriazein" and the noun "cleitorida" already appeared in Rufus of Ephesus [a renowned Roman physician] in his treatise Du nom des parties du corps humain (around the 1st or 2nd century AD), and in his treatise Du nom des parties du corps humain (around the 1st or 2nd century AD), the Greek verb "cleitoriazein" and the noun "cleitorida" already appear in Rufus of Ephesus [a renowned Roman physician] in his treatise Du nom des parties du corps humain (around the 1st or 2nd century AD).C.); he mentions both words when he calls the "shameful parts of women.""
The linguist also recalls that at the time, the use of the word was used to designate indifferently the external parts of the female sex, confirming the disinterest of physicians in this part of the body until the middle of the 16th century.
"Eminence. Since the word is used in anatomy to refer to anything that might be a bump, growth or appendage, and in common parlance it means, according to the National Textual and Lexical Resource Center, "The high degree of elevation, height and superiority of someone or something."
Said in English ("veujaïïna"), the word vagina sounds like a synonym for feminist empowerment. However, the word comes from the Latin vagina, which means "a sheath, a scabbard in which the sword was enclosed". Once again, by extension, the word refers to the heterosexual male and heteronormed view of sex: the vagina would therefore only be used to wrap a penis. The first occurrence of the word vagina dates back to 1674 when Nicolas de Blégny, a French essayist and surgeon, used it in his book Observations curieuses et nouvelles sur l'art de cérir la maladie venérrienne (Curious and new observations on the art of curing venereal disease). Bonus info: as a result of this remarkable work, the scientist was appointed Queen's surgeon in 1678. Nowadays the vagina can be stimulated from a long distance with a blotooth or a wi-fi controlled vibrator.
The American medical site Healthline seriously suggests replacing the word vagina with the trashy but pragmatic expression "front hole" - understand "front hole". It's up to you.
3. The uterus
"Uterus" comes from the ancient Greek hysterica, a term that also gave the name hysteria (you know the story by heart). Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and his Greek pals were the first to suggest that the uterus was particularly prone to go haywire (as well as produce toxic fumes) when it was unsuccessful. And that the only solution to this was marriage...
The idea has persisted through the centuries to the point where hysteria became an automatic medical diagnosis in a profession dominated by male doctors, who, to cure women, advocated massaging the genitals to trigger "paroxysms". As a reminder, hysteria was not removed from the American Psychiatric Association's list of modern diseases until 1952.
"Nidus," which is Latin for "nest." Because the uterus is the nest of life and we wanted it to sound ancient and scientific.