It's a word that describes a body part. Yet, a state legislator in Michigan was reprimanded for saying the word vagina in a debate on the House floor. Why are we so triggered by the name of a body part? A woman's body part? No body part name strikes a reaction in both men AND women as the word VAGINA. It's not lewd or crude. It's not slang. It's a word that is perfectly normal to say. Does saying "penis" have the same reaction? No, I don't think so. No anatomical body part has more connotations of being "dirty", "bad", "improper" than vagina. As little girls we get the message that we must not give it too much attention, lest we be labeled or looked down upon. Vaginas apparently need to be controlled, supressed, legislated and forgotten. They are also used, abused and treated inhumanely, as evidenced by the rampant sexual abuse of women and the popularity of sex trafficking worldwide. 
    A vagina happens to be the one body part that designates you as a woman. It performs reproductive functions to deliver a baby into the world. It also is a sexual organ and therefore is part of the pleasure of intimate contact. Is it so bad to talk about vaginas? Eve Ensler thought we should talk more, and more openly, about women's vagina's and female experience that she wrote the Vagina Monologues, still popular 16 years later (if you haven't seen it--go!). Take the stigma off of this word and women will be more empowered. It's not up to men to do this. We as women can do it just by our attitudes towards ourselves. Honor yourself. Speak highly of yourself and other women. Don't be afraid to speak up when you feel that you are being degraded, downgraded or buying into anything less than the expression of the Divine Feminine Within.
    Go ahead you can say it! To read more about this story and about Lisa Brown performing the "Vagina Monologues" on the steps of the Michigan State House go to   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/lisa-brown-vagina-monologues_n_1607632.html
May All Beings Be Happy and Know Freedom.
With Great Respect.  
 
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    Jill Gutowski has been a practitioner of hatha yoga, meditation and holistic healing for over 18 years.  She teaches in the Princeton, NJ area.

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