Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
In India, though we all are constantly endeavoring to undo patriarchy, there are layers we still miss out on. Let’s take an example, The issue of the size of a penis. We all know what an Indian average penis looks like, what is small, or what is long or too long. But, have we ever talked vagina in such respect? In most likelihood, No. You will be shocked to know that most Indian women don’t know where their vagina is located.
That’s right most Indian women surveyed couldn’t point out the vagina in an illustration of the female reproductive part. Even worse more than 70% percent of women couldn’t even label the vulva in their drawings, and very few correctly identified all six parts – the vulva, vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and the ovaries.
This confusion likely comes from the language we used to talk about our vaginas. A lot of times, we say vagina to mean everything happening down there, from the labia to the cervix, instead of using the correct terms. The vagina is the canal that extends from your vulva (the outside parts of your genitals like the labia and mons pubis) to the cervix (the lower part of the uterus).
In India, sex education is very rarely taught in schools and that is why females aren’t able to identify their vagina and even misguided about their vag- anatomy. Even in 2020 women don’t know enough about their bodies and as a result, are not able to take an active role in their care.
We need to keep educating our women about how the reproductive system, its monthly processes, and hormonal changes that can impact a women’s life. We need to educate our girl children about bodies, sex, and female human anatomy. Knowing their body well and knowing how the reproductive system works gives the women the power to be able to advocate for the well being and get the support they need