Today’s Blog is written by Frankie, our muse and brand ambassador. She has something to say about Google and FB banning ads with the word Vagina. That’s her photo in a customized cropped hoodie:
Vagina. There, I said it! VA-GI-NAAA! It is 2019 and still the word Vagina has a sense of vulgarity attached to it which causes cultural squeamishness. Why? I'm merely describing a part of my body. Our society has created a sense of mystification around the word, and therefore I feel ashamed to talk about it. Did you know that Google, Facebook, and network television have banned the use of the word “Vagina” and categorize it as curse word? I don't know about you...but I'm offended. My body part, the one that helps procreate the human species, is NOT A CURSE WORD. It's being used as a defamatory statement! We call our friend that doesn’t want to go out on a Friday night “a vagina” giving the word a negative connotation.
I’ve recently become more aware that I, myself, have been conditioned keep this mystical/shameful body part of mine a secret. I lower my voice while speaking about it, so as not to disturb the innocent ears of passerby’s with its profane existence. Pardon my French, but SCREW THAT. I hate to break it to those offended, but they themselves would not exist without the help of a Vagina. I truly believe that words are more powerful than we think. As a young girl, I was taught to use “nicer” words like “no-no spot,” “kitty,” and “who haa,” giving me reason to believe that it is wrong or dirty. Now, with increased awareness of child sexual abuse, educational experts stress the danger of mystifying the word Vagina. It is what it is. IT’S A VAGINA, AND IT’S MINE.
With all the incredible strides we have made to bring equity to the forefront of the conversation, let’s do our part by loving our vaginas. And as we’ve seen, love tends to be contagious. Remember, my vagina is NOT A CURSE WORD.