You should read the header as many times as you need to. The fact remains, no two vaginas are alike.
The idea should have surfaced years ago. How is it that even after renowned Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson pioneered research into the field of sex and female orgasm in the sixties, it took another four decades for us to think of a vagina museum?
It is pure outrage that a penis museum even existed in Iceland first and that vaginas came late to the museum party. Sorry, not sorry for that pun. Fortunately, things have turned around. In the UK, you’ll find a bunch of people doing great work to shine light on the wonders of female private parts. They’ve built a brick and mortar establishment specifically for this. Their exhibitions and galleries are centred around pillars of Science, Culture, Society and History aspects to all things related to female genitalia. Vaginas have always been cool. It’s now time to show the world.
Speaking of which, what cool things do we know about vajayjays?
5 impressive facts you’ll learn after reading Dr Alyssa Dweck’s, V is for Vagina
1. Decathlon's quick-open tents got nothing on yours.
Think of it as an expandable tent–because it is. Vaginal tenting corresponds to the process of the canal expanding and adapting to ease penetration. Women have a built-in system to optimise their comfort when having sex. As soon as you’re aroused, your muscles actually work towards pulling your uterus upwards leaving you feeling a lot roomier for play. And do we even have to mention accommodating a baby through childbirth? Yeah, muff said.
2. The vaginas invented automated cleaning.
It’s impressive how women have a whole ecosystem working to keep the vagina healthy and clean. There’s a ton of marketing out there for products “specialised” in vagina cleansing but doctors have hailed time and time again on keeping it simple: water and mild unscented soap(if you must) will do fine. The beauty lies in how our vaginas maintain a balanced PH–between 3.8 to 4.5– using a combination of bacteria, yeast and secretions. We girls just have to sit back and focus on running the world. Or so Beyonce sang.
3. Every man’s envy sits right between a woman’s legs.
Think about a song you love and how you’d probably play it on repeat. Well your vagina does that for you too, when it comes to orgasms. For men, let’s just say they get a single shot before having to pause the game. Not only are female orgasms way more intense than male, we are equipped to experience them a zillion times fold–in a row. Perhaps that’s a good trade-off for all the pain we’d have to endure during labour. Who needs to be Superwoman when you can be Multi Orgasmic Woman?
4. What all shapes and sizes comes down to.
Women need to know how beautiful they are downside and up. Take a moment to appreciate yourself and how unique you are. That said, we’ve been gifted with various means to achieve pleasure. Vaginal orgasm is one thing, but your clitoris has a starring role in female pleasure too. It’s a highly erogenous zone with over 8000 sensitive nerve endings. This makes it almost an adventure for each woman(and man) to discover and explore the hood. Pun intended.
5. Stimulation and blood flow
No we’re not talking period. Stimulation is a funny thing. The more aroused you are down there, the less control you have over your blood flow or anything else, if things get really exciting. Like magic, a stimulated vagina can trigger rising blood flow and in turn, you end up with desired side effects: swelling of the breasts, hardening of nipples and last but not least, vagina made lubrication. You can learn more here.
Ask about vaginas.
Suffice to say, we need more amazing conversations to happen around female genitalia. As Florence Schechter points out in her vlog below, an alarming rate of women are unaware that their pee hole and vagina tract play separate roles. Don’t we owe it to ourselves to learn as much as we can about such a cool part of our body? We only have one vagina after all (usually)!
There is so much more to do, when it comes to opening up channels of understanding and resources for women to have access to, with regards to their own bodies. We are the same yet so diverse and that also applies to our vaginas.
In a way, you’d be hard pressed to put a finger on all of the world’s diversity. Mother Nature has gone all out in ensuring our planet is home to entities of all shapes, colours and sizes.
But you can put a finger on a vagina –and you'd better make darn sure you get to know it too.