Why Shirtless? And What Are Their Genitals Called?

If you look closely at this diagram of boys’ and girls’ body parts, you may find yourself asking a few key questions. I did. Namely:

1) What are these two children doing playing shirtless together? Where is her top?

2) I’m guessing the girl parts are too “private” or salacious to depict (breasts and vulva) even though we get a frontal view of the boy. Why is this?

3) Are we really calling the butt(ocks) the “seat”?

4) Is the “loin” truly the lower back? I did not know this.

5) Why not names for the genital parts? What did they call them back then, if anything at all?

[image via Design Observer and Uncle Deetou]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • http://bit.ly/agwp adamogiovane

    Ah the sweet dusty scent of prudishness of yesteryear. I doubt that book would be published any later than 1980s.