Let’s Talk Private Parts

I know…I just can’t help myself. Whenever I come across something interesting related to my vagina, clitoris and other private parts, I have to share it with y’all. I don’t know if it was vagina week or what, but there were three interesting things that caught my ear or eye this past week. I know y’all are dying to hear about them, so without further ado…here they are…

I was watching CNN, like I normally do, and this adorable OB/GYN physician came on and started talking about deodorant for private parts. It was so refreshing to hear something other than COVID come out of a health care provider’s lips. And of course, my ears perked right up when I heard the words “private parts.” Basically, it’s a deodorant that is aluminum free and can be used everywhere: arm pits, under the breasts, and private parts. That got me to thinking. What do “private parts” include and how do you roll that on your your “private parts.” Inquiring minds want to know…so I looked up the product on Amazon. It’s a lotion. So that makes sense. Since I have not tried this product out myself, I can’t necessarily endorse it yet, but it is an interesting concept. I’m not sure this product is the same as the one she was schlepping, but she insists that too many women seek unnecessary antibiotics thinking something is wrong with them when a simple lotion would do the trick!

The whole “private parts” name brings me to the second discovery which is a bit more serious. I read this interesting story while perusing the internet about a school teacher who hadn’t recognized a possible sexual abuse situation because the young child said something about an uncle licking her cookie to which the teacher said to get another cookie. Well…later when talking with the parent who used the same vernacular, the teacher was horrified to discover that this mother could not say vagina and used the term cookie instead. The advice of this article, which I wholeheartedly agree with is that we have to teach our children the correct terminology. There is nothing wrong with the words vagina, vulva, clitoris, penis, and testicles. Even saying “private parts” is not specific enough to always know what a child may be referring to. Here is a link to that article: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/parenting/vagina-penis-names-sexual-abuse-17057579

The final item was an Instagram post by a former colleague who is now a Physician Assistant specializing in Urogynecology, surgery and sex medicine. My wife follows her on Instagram and shared the video where Jessica uses a playdough model of female anatomy to explain a few interesting things. First, I thought I knew my way around a vagina, but I learned the location of the glands that produce lubrication and squirting. However, the most interesting fact was that debris sometimes gets caught under the clitoral hood and if left there long enough can turn into a carotene pearl or tiny stone. Gasp. There might be stuff all up in my business that I don’t know about. The tissue of the hood can apparently adhere over those little pearls causing irritation or sometimes unwanted stimulation. Hmmm…I wonder if that would be like having one of those eggs that your partner turns on at the most inopportune time (dinner with the in-laws). Moral of the story…always check under the hood! Here is a link to the post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSvFs2MJBAE/

I don’t know if any of this information will ever make it into one of my books. Perhaps. It might be too good to pass up. If you want to read about the interesting things I research and include in my books, you know the drill, just click on one of the links below. And…don’t forget about this week’s sales in MyLesfic. Two great Affinity writers: Lacey Schmidt and TJ Vertigo with their books Catch to Release and Caution Under Construction are featured this week.

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