One amazing thing about the internet is that it gives us access to the world’s knowledge right at our fingertips.
Imagine reading about historical events from billions of years ago or NASA’s recent discoveries about the outer space. All of this information is available to us in an instant which is just amazing and mind-blowing.
However, one recent study showed shocking results. Even though we are living in the Information Age, some familiar and seemingly simple things are still a mystery to others.
As it turns out, 50 percent of men could not identify a vagina in an anatomical diagram. As ludicrous as it may sound, it is true.
The Eve Appeal, a charity organization based in the UK, surveyed 2000 adults and it revealed that 50 percent of the men were not able to point out where the vagina is, in an anatomical diagram.
There is a limitless number of sex-advice out there ranging from blogs to books to videos to how-to’s and yet, men are still not able to successfully identify where a lady’s cherry is.
If you’re ready to hear something more bizarre, a previous study by The Eve Appeal showed that half of a thousand women in the age range of 26 to 35 years old are not able to correctly identify where the vagina is.
Now, what is really going on here?
The Eve Appeal conducted the survey to raise awareness for Gynecological Awareness month which happens every September.
A worrying rate of 17 percent or one in five men admitted that they know nothing about and are not planning to know more about gynecological health issues because “it is a female issue.”
On the other hand, women were quizzed about some signs and symptoms. Sadly, 19 percent said that they would not go to a doctor if they had abnormal vaginal bleeding. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the key symptom of all gynecological cancers. Moreover, a large-42 percent of women ranging from 18 to 24 years old would not even seek professional help and just keep the situation to themselves.
As reported in the Huffington Post, the survey said that only a fifth of the women is open in talking about gynecological health issues, including the signs and symptoms of the common gynecological cancers, among friends and family.
Their studies go to show that men are just as dumbfounded as men when it comes to locating the vag. The survey participants are presented with a diagram of a female’s reproductive organ, and their task is to identify its different parts.
The participants are not completely clueless about the placement of the vagina, of course they know it is down there between the legs, it is just that they are having a hard time identifying its different areas and its names. They are confused in the different structures in the pelvic region, a lesson which is discussed in a sex education and basic human biology class.
So, where is the ‘V’?
The quickest and easiest (most pleasurable?) way to find the vaginal opening is by feeling it with your fingers. But, of course, this was not the method used by the researchers from The Eve Appeal. What they used was an anatomical diagram of the female reproductive organ in which participants had to identify the parts.
The vag is a muscular tube where the sexual intercourse happens, but most of the men thought that the vulva is the vagina proper. To be clear the vagina is inside a woman’s body. The part we can see outside our physique is called the ‘vulva.’
There are also what are called labia (or lips), which can be spread apart to see the vaginal opening. The outer labia are part of the vulva and can easily go by the name ‘vag cheeks’ because, well, they’re just like cheeks but down there in the nether region. The inner labia, on the other hand, are long and flappy. Inner labia may look different on each person, some stick out while some are hidden. Some inner labia are longer while others are shorter in size.
Then there’s the clitoris and clitoral hood. The clitoris is a little nub that can be seen at the top of the vulva when the inner and outer labia are spread apart. This tiny little nub has over 8000 nerve endings which makes it really, really, really sensitive. For most men, this is the go-to-part for an exciting foreplay as you can easily get your lady aroused by running a finger over it. The clitoral hood is a flap of skin which can slide back and forth. It is for the protection of the clitoris from irritation, as well as arousal when unnecessary.
The vaginal opening can be seen when the labia are apart. Contrary to popular belief, the vagina is ‘not always’ an open hole. It is a muscle that is actually ‘closed’ when the body is at rest. The vaginal walls touch except when there is something inside it such as a tampon, a finger, or whatever it is.
The Eve Appeal’s cause
Every woman’s vagina actually looks different from another. It’s just like having different faces for every person. However, the structure of the vagina is a standard of the human anatomy.
The Eve Appeal organization aims to better educate the people on the anatomy of a woman’s reproductive organ for good reasons.
Being aware of the anatomy can help both men and women in detecting early signs of gynecological cancers. As The Eve Appeal’s executive chief, Athena Lamnisos, puts it, “This is not about having better sex. It’s about men helping women to look after their health. Gynae awareness and taboo-busting are all of our responsibility, men, and women alike.”
The lack of open discussion as well as awareness of gynecological health issues hinders access to early detection, prevention, and treatment which sadly leads to unnecessary suffering, and ultimately, death.