Sex Trivia #1: A Vulva is Not a Car

A vulva is not a car. Rather, “vulva” refers to the outside parts of women’s genitals: the clitoris, clitoral hood, labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), and the vaginal opening, also called the introitus. The word “vagina” refers to the birth canal, even though not all women give birth or do so through their vaginas. Who cares? Well, I do. You might recall that I once went on the Tyra Banks Show with my trusty Wondrous Vulva Puppet.

Next time you’re hanging out with your friends, try to use the word vulva in a sex-positive sentence. As in “I love women’s vulvas” or “Although I prefer when women groom the pubic hair on the vulvas, I’m cool with whatever style they bring my way”. Better yes, say “I have the best vulva in the world” and mean it.

Learn more about the vulva and a bunch of interesting vulva and vagina facts in Chapter 2 of my book, Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction. In 2011, my new book – all about vulvas and vaginas, and co-authored with a friend/colleague – should be out. Lucky vulvas!

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.