Say the Word Vagina!
This blog post inspired by Ty Patterson
Do you say the word vagina? Do you cringe when you say it? Do you teach your kids to say it? Do you call it something else? A cutesy name to avoid saying the real word?
Why so much stigma around this magnificent piece of our anatomy???
I said to Ty, (my 16 year old daughter) “what should I blog about today?” Her response? “VAGINAS! Talk about vaginas, mom. People are so weird about saying it and they talk about it like it’s so gross but it’s responsible for bringing beauty into the world!”
After struggling with low to no self-esteem for the first 20 years of my life I began the process of developing a healthy self esteem. It wasn’t easy, in fact it sucked and I never thought I would be capable of it, but with a ton of help and a desperate commitment, I did it. I knew that my focus when I had children of my own would be developing their self esteem. That would be my number one priority. With that, anything else was possible and I knew that first hand. I instilled upon my daughters the most positive blessing of all. That they were normal and perfect in EVERY way! That their bodies were beautiful and their opinions mattered!
Raising these girls has been so healing for me. When I was a teenager I couldn’t brush my hair without screaming I hate you when I looked in the mirror. No one told me I was attractive, no one said I was normal and no one ever said I was perfect. I felt weird and alone and I thought vaginas were gross because they were called private parts. They were so gross that you didn’t even talk about those disgusting things! How on Earth can we have good self esteem when we think a part of our body is gross??? How can girls grow into mothers and feed their babies when they are made to feel ashamed of their growing breasts?
Look at your bodies, all the parts of it (with a mirror if you need to) say the words and embrace your beauty! You’re perfect and normal, in case no one told you!