As a sexual health educator, one of my favorite teaching tools has long been my Wondrous Vulva Puppet that I purchased a few years ago from the Good Vibrations store in Berkeley, California. I think it’s such an effective tool that I even took it on the Tyra Banks Show last year to teach women about this important part of their bodies during an episode about vulvar and vaginal health.
I would encourage all women who are reading this post to consider what they already know about their body and what they think they could stand to learn: do you know where the clitoris is and what it’s for? What about the labia minora (inner lips) and labia majora (outer lips)?
Aside from just knowledge, how do you feel about your genitals – the way that they look, smell, and your level of comfort letting a trusted sexual partner or a healthcare provider view them? Men, how about you? How knowledgeable and comfortable are you in regard to women’s bodies, as well as your own body?
You can learn about the vulva in The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Vulvovaginal Health – and you might find that after reading The Vagina Monologues, you’re inspired or challenged to think about vaginas and vulvas in new (sometimes funny, other times difficult) ways. Information about how to perform a vulvar self-examination is available from About.com.
To learn more about Wondrous Vulva Puppets, visit the HouseOchicks web site (the company has grown since I first bought mine and they now make Fair Trade Vulva Puppets).
And if you have questions about vulvas, vaginas, penises, scrotums, male or female orgasm, genital sensation – or other sexual topics (like desire, ejaculation, sexually transmissible infections, hiv, gay identity, birth control, etc) – please ask us by submitting a question via our home page.
Updated on May 19, 2017 with more current links.