It’s easy to think the word “vagina” has been around for as long as childbirth, that the word and everything we know about it is steeped in clinically accurate history.
But that’s not always been the case.
As Erika Engelhaupt researched in her article, “The Surprisingly Very Brief History of the Vagina,” she discovered that it’s taken us a really long time to actually get to know the vagina — and in that process, a lot of women, and people who identify as women, were hurt, sidelined, and ignored.
Based on her article, we put together a little infographic to outline why we’re still fighting vagina myths in the 21st century. Can you believe it’s taken nearly two centuries (177 years) to finally get female input on the speculum?
Myths and misconceptions have hindered the way we talk about our vaginas for too long. It’s time to set the record straight with real facts and healthy conversation. Scroll down to read more about vagina myths.