Title: Vagina: A Re-Education
Author: Lynn Enright
Genre/Themes: Non-Fiction, Women’s Health, Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights, Sex Education
Blurb from Goodreads
Part memoir, part practical guide to the vagina, this indispensable book sifts through myths and misinformation with the aim of empowering women with vital knowledge about their own bodies.
For centuries, the vagina has been made mysterious, neglected, mutilated or mocked, and as a consequence few people know much about it. In Vagina: A Re-Education, acclaimed journalist Lynn Enright charts the story of this crucial organ, encompassing fertility and hormones, pain and arousal, sex education and more, with the goal of empowering women with vital knowledge about their bodies.
As women all over the world join together in conversations about consent and power, this investigation into the history, biology and politics of the vagina will be a valuable and urgent addition to the discussion.
I am more than my vagina.
I am more than my ovaries.
I need to and I want to know more about my vagina and ovaries and my sexual and reproductive health. I need to and I want to know about my hormones.
But I am more than that. I am more than a fluctuation in oestrogen.
I am more than an angry woman.
We are all more than our genitals and our gender.
We all deserve a life that is not defined by our genitals and our gender.
Let’s stay furious until society recognises that.
Let’s talk. Let’s hope. Let’s make. Let’s remake. Let’s educate. Let’s re-educate.
This is an excellent book on all that it means to be female with reference to sexual and reproductive health. It aims to bring the vagina, vulva, clitoris, menstruation, menopause and all the other various aspects of female health out from the murky shadows.
- Why is it that period pain is so acceptable?
- Why is period poverty a real thing?
- Why is it that period blood is portrayed as friendly blue liquid in advertising?
- Why are women taught to be shamed by their bodies?
- Why do we dismiss the menopause as just another part of life?
- Why are women told they are hysterical or just too sensitive to pain?
- Why is there a standard that vaginas are supposed to like like?
- Why are we taught that vaginas are merely receptacles for the penis?
- Why are women thought of as baby carrying vessels?
- Why is women’s sexual pleasure not more openly discussed?
- Why is more not done to cater to women with vaginal pain due to dryness and thinning skin during and after menopause?
- Why does it take on average seven years to diagnose a woman with endometriosis?
- Why is there no cure for so many women’s reproductive health related illnesses?
I could go on…
This book is very informative and written in an incredibly accessible manner.
I’m more than intimately familiar with my own vulva and reproductive health since I experienced excruciating pain from my very first menstrual bleed when I was 11 and had to suffer years of being dismissed as a hysterical woman so much of what is in this book I already knew. And at times it felt rather repetitive and somewhat prosaic. But a lot of what is in the book is not common knowledge. Although I was unaware that there are sheet masks for your vulva to plump it up… I mean wtf? Please people… do not give your vaginas facials. I mean the hint is in the word ‘facial’… they’re for the face. Your vagina is self cleaning and you do not need to interfere with its natural flora with unnecessary and potentially dangerous things like vaginal douches.
I would highly recommend this not only to all women, cis or trans (the book aims to inclusive of all female experiences), but to everyone out there who identifies as male so that we can open up the dialogue about women’s health issues and begin to rid the shame and stigmas associated with women’s reproductive health.