I have to admit that I am kinda shocked at the number of hits my last blog post got. Seriously you guys, you make my cold heart a little warmer!
As a sex educator, I've been kind of on a "say no to genital shame" mission lately. My feeling is that when it comes to our genitals, sometimes our pathways to critical thinking can become a bit hazy.
After posting the entry for "Things My Vagina Doesn't Need" I was reminded that I missed a few key products. But, in my own defense, I needed to post something--anything--after not blogging for 2 weeks.
As promised, I still plan on following up with things my vulva and anus don't need.
Here are a few more things my vagina doesn't need
Do you have a flabby, loose vagina? Does your partner wish your vagina was tighter, or more like when you were a virgin? Fear not! There is literally no end to the number of vaginal tightening sprays on the market today.
If you buy into the hype, then you already know that loose vaginas can lead to marital cheating and/or divorce. Here is what one manufacturer of a tightening spray (aptly named "Instant Virgin") states:
All women desire to have their vagina in the shape it was before virginity but women who have gone through pregnancy, aging or had a few partners tend to suffer from the problem of their vagina becoming loose.
It is because a tighter vagina has a greater chance of achieving orgasms as well as their is an enhanced feeling of penetration for both the partners. Hence every women wants to be tighter so that their men stick to them and they live a happy sex life without any problems in a relationship.
As a sex educator I've talked with thousands of men, and some of them have even report to being heterosexual. Yes, I've heard some describe having sex with a loose vagina similar to "having sex with a glass of water". To which I say, "....tell me more. Was fucking a glass a water a one time thing, or is that an analogy?" I'm going to put it out there that I believe that most men who love vaginas are pretty freaking happy to have any access to a lovely vagina. Any man who complains about your loose vagina is definitely not worthy of it.
When it comes to my personal life, tightening sprays are probably the least of my vaginal worries. In the past I've likened my vagina to a shrinky dink. Even if I have engaged in intercourse the night before, my vaginal opening will shrink back down (and then some) overnight. I'm a bit of an oddity, what can I say? Oh, and my apologies for the TMI, but there is even more of it below.
By the way, don't you love the way advertisements talk about how much men love tight vaginas, and that, by having one, you increase the odds your man will stay happy. What about men's penis size and girth? I guess that thought doesn't cross their flabby vaginally fixated minds.
I had no idea that Indonesia is one sexually fucked up country. Apparently, when it comes to vaginas in Indonesia, the dryer, the better. In fact, they have a product called "Magic Sticks" and they are similar to those vaginal toning sticks as they are insert-able, but they look kinda like a cigar. Apparently, Indonesian women are also cautioned against eating pineapples and cucumbers because they are thought to make vaginas wet. The horror.
Dry penetration doesn't sound all appealing to me. I've already outed myself as someone who has a dry vagina because one of my migraine prevention medications side effects is dry mouth (and a dry vagina, but that is not something you will ever find on a prescription insert!)
I might be up for trying many things, but using vaginal chalk ain't one of them. The whole idea of it is extremely un-sexy in my mind.
Glycerin is something used in many cosmetics and personal lubricants as a preservative and for its humectant qualities (which basically means it draws moisture to the skin.) Glycerin is derived from the chemical element glycerol, an alcohol, and glycerin is the byproduct of either animal or plant sources.
If you are a vagina owner then your ob/gyn has probably talked to you about glycerin if you are prone to recurring yeast infections. Glycerin is processed like sugar in the body. That is why people who have candida, are diabetic, and have other medical conditions are warned against using lubes with sugar and glycerin. If you aren't prone to yeast infections then using glycerin based lubricants is probably alright. On a side note, one of the most well known lubricants in the world, KY Jelly, is chock full of glycerin. Go figure!
Phthalates: Pronounced Tha-lates
How many times have you torn open a new sex toy and gotten light headed from the overpowering smell? What you are smelling is most likely toxic. A few years ago there was much ado about phthalates as they were often found in children toys and toys for dogs. Research has suggested that phthalates have been linked to endocrine system disruptions, liver cancer, testicular atrophy, and lowered sperm counts. In fact, Congress passed laws banning six (6) different phthalates from toys and cosmetics.
The thing about sex toys is that they are NOT regulated by the FDA. That means that many sex toys are still made with this potentially harmful substance. One of the reasons sex toys with phthalates are still popular is because they are super cheap to manufacture. People like buying these particular sex toys because they are super affordable and often feel very life-like because they are made from jelly like substances. Many of these types of toys are called or branded as "novelty". I'm guessing that means that if you choose to masturbate with such a toy, later develop some sort of abnormal cells or medical condition and try to sue the manufacturer for money, the attorneys will probably say something like this: "The toy is clearly marked as a novelty item. It is meant for entertainment purposes only. Further, what would possess a sane person to insert a penis shaped dildo in their vagina anyway?"
If my vagina could talk, it would tell all the people who come up with these ridiculous (and potentially harmful) products to suck it hard. Vaginas are truly wondrous creations. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!