Vatooing (the Vagina Tattoo) Seems Bad For Intercourse Orgasms

On Jezebel this morning, I found this video about “vatooing” which the woman at the salon in the video describes as “literally a tattoo for your vagina.” As Jezebel’s Tracie points out, this makes no sense. After all, that the vagina is the inside part (the birth canal), the vulva is the outside part and the temporary tattoos they showed in the video are placed at the top of the mons pubis/lower abdomen area. I guess it’s just an attempt to steal some pageviews from the vajazzling folks (who were never bedazzling the vagina anyway, but the mons pubis part of the vulva).

Can we get some vulva education please? (Times like these, I wish the Tyra folks had left up the YouTube video of me explaining the parts of the vulva using my trusty Wondrous Vulva Puppet).

Okay, but what does this have to do with orgasms?

Well, the host asks the woman at the salon if there are things that you shouldn’t be doing once you get your vatoo and the woman at the salon says you should avoid “friction” (I think she means sex) and specifically not “horizontal” motion, she says, as she rubs her hands together as if two bodies are sliding against each other in missionary.

Considering that an adaption of missionary called the Coital Alignment Technique is one of the only positions well-researched to ease women’s orgasm (and I talk about this, with diagrams, in Because It Feels Good), this kind of sucks. Between messing up a vatoo (which I don’t see myself getting anyway because my vulva is fancy-pants all on its own) and having an orgasm during intercourse, I would choose the latter. Every. Single. Time. Sure, woman on top is an option but only if you don’t lean forward and get in your partner’s face, which could presumably cause too much friction.

Now, not everyone orgasms during intercourse (or tries/cares to) and variety is the spice of life and sex and all that. So, I suppose your vatoo could be something fun for your partner to look at while performing oral sex on you. Maybe your vatoo could say something like “Thanks, I really appreciate it” or directions for better oral sex, such as “Go slow on the clitoris” or “Fast pace preferred please.” They didn’t really show any word/phrase examples though one woman did get “69″ vatooed on her upper mons/lower ab area. But what if things get physical during oral sex and you like to lend a hand, too? Tiptoeing around your “vat” (which makes me think of a vat of lard, not a cute thing above the mons) doesn’t seem fun.

One woman in the video talked about how she likes to look at herself while she masturbates (okay, she said “self-love” – I think they were trying to avoid explicitly talking about sex throughout the video) so a little adornment could be a good thing. So yes, there’s sex toy play alone or with a partner. But again, will it be too much friction to maneuver your toy or your fingers around your vatoo?

Bottom line: It seems like vatooing kind of limits one’s options in the orgasm during intercourse department. Cute, perhaps. But not so functional.

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://twitter.com/ANGELA_HOUGH ANGELA HOUGH

    the vatooing is pointless if your mind is focused on pleasing your mate…being attentive & if you are in the dark, it is creative