Taking the 'Shame Part' Out of Female Anatomy

A soft pink background has a yellow rose in the middle. A woman with red fingernails touch the middle of the rose, making the rose look like a vulva Malvestida/Unsplash

Many anatomical terms have roots in shameful or judgemental views of the human body, especially when it comes to female anatomy. This article explores some of the advocacy to rename anatomical structures from a feminist health perspective.

“Shame is one factor that contributes to women, transgender men and nonbinary people with vulvas receiving worse or delayed care. A 2014 survey by British charity The Eve Appeal found that one-third of young women avoided going to the doctor for gynecological health issues, and 65 percent struggled to say the words vagina or vulva.”

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