Title: "Attitudes, Perceptions and Knowledge about the Vagina: the International Vagina Dialogue Survey"
Vagina Dialogue Survey! (I hope they kickback some of those big pharma profits to Eve Ensler!)
Anyways, here's the abstract:
Background The International Vagina Dialogue Survey examined women's attitudes, perceptions and knowledge regarding the vagina. Methods In total, 9441 women (18–44 years) from 13 countries underwent online interviews during April/May 2004. Results The majority of the women thought that vaginal health did not receive the attention it deserves (66%) and that society has too manyDo you ever get the sense that there's a boatload of money wasted on stuff we all know? What self-respecting human in the US (or most other countries) thinks we educate women (or men) well about their bodies, about contraception, about sexuality? I could have told them this, and for a WHOLE lot less money.
misconceptions about the vagina (65%); indeed, 78% agreed that society's taboos surrounding the vagina contribute to women's ignorance. Only 39% of the women had ever read an informative article on the vagina, although 83% would like to read such an article. Although 79% of the women relied on advice from healthcare professionals (HCPs) when choosing a contraceptive. [less than]50% were comfortable talking to HCPs about vagina-related issues. Conclusions A more open and informative approach is needed with regard to the subject of the vagina in order to empower and educate women about their bodies and in matters such as choice of contraception.
And the nightmare stories women shared in dorm rooms about encounters with specula and wielders of said instruments? Oh, yeah, what vaginally-enabled human hasn't heard those? Or had a few to tell herself? The only thing shocking about the [less than] 50% is that it's not more like [less than] 20%.
From Shakespeare's Sister (and what Bardiac wouldn't love a blog with THAT name?), here's a post on South Carolina Representative Ralph Davenport who wants to make all sex toys illegal in South Carolina. (I'm so jealous of the great title: "Dildo? Dilno." Seriously jealous.)
Read the responses, because they're great. Oh, yeah, and here's a link to the proposed law. Reading this, I get a sense that some people spend way too much time worrying about what other consenting adults do with their fingers, toes, noses, lips, and tongues. (And perhaps, at least one other body part, too.)
I'm thinking that Representative Ralph Davenport needs a little education from the Vagina Dialogue. He also needs to read Herrick's "The Vine" and just deal with the fact that humans are creative about what they use and put where, and have been since they evolved into anything near intelligence.
Or someone creative should create a dildo in his name, "The Davenport Dildo" for when you're really too small-minded for the job.
Note: Blogger is making me crazy whenever I try to use the "pointy typographic not a parenthesis sign" in the abstract to mean "less than." It seems to read those pointy signs as being purely html signifiers, and then does strange things. Repeatedly. So, when you see [less than] think of the pointy not a parenthesis sign that means "less than" in the math world.