Originally Posted by MayBaby2007
Ok. I just asked my nearest female co-worker the following:
Me: "I have a really weird question for you."
Me: "Do you know what a vulva is?"
Her: "A volvo? Like a car?"
Me: "No a vulva; v-u-l-v-a (spelled it). Do you know what that is?"
Her: "No?" (Very confused look on her face).
Me: "Its the outside part of our girl parts."
Her: "Huh. I didn't know that."
(Then I explained why I was asking, purposes of an online discussion
She's 41 and has birthed 2 daughters. I'm going to take a poll of all the women I know to see who knows what a vulva is.
I bet there are a lot of interesting conversations going on in offices and living rooms all of the country, maybe even the world, right now.
I just got off the phone with my sister. (She's 3 years younger, we are both well into our 30's.) Even though we grew up in the same house and she was involved in almost every conversation about sex I had with our mother, she did not know what a vulva was. She knew the word but took a guess about what it reefed to (she knew it had something to do with female genitalia.)
I'm glad that it has come up that vulva is not a generally known word. I had know idea and I will be sure DD knows to say vagina if someone is confused. (I hope she never has a need to talk about her vulva/vagina to some stranger that might misunderstand!)
I'm sorry that some folks are feeling judged. Speaking for myself, I'm just engaging in a conversation and I am truly interested in what others are thinking/doing. I learn a lot here at MDC.
Changing direction a little, the first time I remember being annoyed about "incorrect" usage of vagina was after seeing The Vagina Monologues. I guess that should have been a clue to me that vagina is a generally more accepted/used word than vulva, huh. I think I was annoyed that adults in the show seemed not to know the difference and were broadcasting this to the public. I figured that somebody should have said something to the writers. It also irked me that for many in the audience, this was perhaps the first time some of these words and topics were openly discussed and here they were getting incorrect info (I'm thinking about the men that I knew that saw the show and commented on what an eye opener it was, they had know idea, blah, blah blah.)
I don't think I have ever been annoyed to hear a young child refer to their vagina, because as some have already said, I figured they would get clarification as they got older.
Another question to those that learned about the vulva/vagina differences when they were adults. Did it piss you off that you had not learned this stuff sooner? Just curious. I'm thinking about some female reproduction stuff that I have learned in the last few years that I feel like I should have known about at a MUCH younger age.