I don't think its benign to teach a word in its wrong usage. Vagina is the inside part... its like saying your squishy is turned inside out. No one touches or even sees your vagina except your lover, midwife or your molester. For casual use and the part you may see while changing or diapering ... vulva or labia is the correct term! Grrr!
Yes, I understand that. Did you read everything i wrote?
To put more simply, "vulva" doesn't teach everything, either. Even using "vulva" and "vagina" together doesn't help educate that which encompasses female genitalia (see my arm and hand analogy). So if you're going to be nitpicky, you might as well go the full extent or not at all.
Also, i have not encountered as much hostility and judgment when it comes to naming body parts than with female genitalia. I think this has to do with the shame about the body parts themselves rather than the actual names. Its just easier to fixate on the labels rather than look at the underlying issues.
I just noticed you used the term "squishy". I hope you're joking. You just made a big deal about "vagina" and then you called it "your squishy being inside out".
I do not agree that only "your lover, midwife or your molester" are the only times when its touched or seen. You make it sound like this part belongs to other people, which is very disturbing. Self-exploration shouldn't be denied or glossed over. The vagina is a very important part of female genitalia because it is the part of us that is private, leads to our womb, allows menstrual blood to be flushed out every month, helps a baby come into the world, and is a huge source of pleasure, both with and without a partner. When i wipe myself and my daughter, i do not just wipe the vulva, i also wipe across the vaginal opening. Its important for girls to learn to wipe from front to back precisely because of the vaginal opening. Yeast infections happen inside the vagina and other infections can happen there, too. This shouldn't be ignored nor trivialized and especially not shamed.
The vagina is a great source of power and pride. Please do not belittle it or try to ignore it.
Edited by PrimordialMind - 7/21/13 at 4:24pm