The aim of the Pussy Pride Project is to create” a little blogging celebration of the beauty that lies between a woman’s thighs in an attempt to make women feel more accepting about this truly unique yet mainly hidden part of their body.” There are currently over a 100 links on the page which cover a hugely diverse range of stories, thoughts, experiences and in many cases images too. Some of them are wonderfully happy, some of them are shy and unsure, some of them are down right sad but together they become a celebration of women, by women, and yes some men too, talking openly about female genitalia.
When I saw that Dizzygirl from Toy Meets Girl has started a new site called That’s Not a Vagina I immediately went and checked it out. One of my absolute pet hates is people referring to what is in fact the vulva (the external female genitals) as the vagina. It is just wrong. It would be like calling someones ass/arse their rectum. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I don’t really know why we have such a problem with the word vulva but we definitely do and so anything that challenges this misuse is a good thing in my opinion and so I applaud Dizzygirl for her new venture, I hope that it might go a little way towards correcting the misuse of the word vagina and help us all love the word vulva a little bit more.
Edit: I want to be clear that I am not trying to make any individual feel bad for using the word vagina when they mean their vulva. We all have different words we use when we are talking about our bodies. The area where it bothers me is when it is used incorrectly by people who are in a position to educate people about the correct meanings of those words. I believe that we should be empowering people with information and knowledge and I hope this project will do that.
With all that in mind I contacted Dizzygirl and invited her to come on over to my little corner of the sexy internet and introduce her fabulous project for Pussy Pride. Happily she said yes!
That’s Not A Vagina – Dizzygirl
Why would I create a website with the sole focus of educating people about the proper anatomical terms of those with a vagina? It’s simple really, I was sick to death of hearing people refer to the vulva as a vagina. Every time I hear it, it’s like nails across a chalk board.
So really, the idea came about one day while jokingly bantering back and forth on Twitter with other sex bloggers about how much we hate it when people misidentifiy the vulva. This tweet from Lunabelle, a contributing author on That’s Not a Vagina, really sparked my snarky side.
I started throwing out possible domain names and ThatsNotaVagina.com seemed to stick. It was simple, to the point and something that would get people’s attention. But at that point we were still all just joking around and I wasn’t at all committed to buying the domain and building the website.
I woke up the next morning and literally my first conscious thought was that I had to do it. That’s Not a Vagina HAD to be born. The world needed it and I would be the one to bring it to fruition. I announced on Twitter that I had purchased the domain and got tons of positive feedback from fellow sex bloggers. Everyone really seemed to be excited to see what I’d create.
I had forgotten how much work goes into creating a site from scratch since building my other blog, Toy Meets Girl. I think people see a website and they have no idea how much time and energy goes into creating it. I also had some much-needed help from DomSigns who I’ve always been able to count on for technical assistance.
Despite the work involved, That’s Not a Vagina was up and running with its first post in just a few days. That first post is a sticky and will continue to be the first thing you see when you visit the site. It explains everything from why I created the site to the inclusion of labeled anatomical diagrams.
So, while the sole focus initially was to teach people the proper words for the anatomy of folks with a vagina, I also see it branching out to include posts about how we feel about our vulvas. Sadly, there seems to be a pervasive shame that many people feel about how their vulva looks. I want to empower those folks to feel good about their body and be proud of the vulva they have.
In addition to those kinds of posts, we also like to “call-out” folks who call vulvas, vaginas. For example, we posted (http://thatsnotavagina.com/the-vagina-beauty-contest/)about the dude who hosted the “Vagina Beauty Contest”. Not only is he wrong about what his contest is about (it’s actually a Vulva Beauty Contest) but the idea of comparing vulvas to find the ones most aesthetically appealing kind of makes my skin crawl. I mean really, how can you judge that?
I guess you could say that, That’s Not a Vagina will simply be a celebration of vulvas. The purpose is partly to educate, partly to empower and hopefully also, to entertain. It started out as a kind of joke but now I’m seeing that it is a legitimate worth-while project.
What am I looking for from our readers? Just interaction really. Leave comments if you feel compelled to do so – share our posts if you like them. There is one big way our readers can help us. If you see someone calling a vulva, a vagina… let us know about it. You can do this through our contact page. You never know, your tip could turn into a post and you might get a shout-out for bringing it to our attention.
So there you have it, head on over to That’s Not A Vagina and take a look, have a read and if you see any examples of the word vagina being used incorrectly then you know what to do. If you are interested in finding out more about the Pussy Pride Project then click on the icon below.