Former Rule 5 winner Jessica Biel* likes to say Vagina: Saying ‘Vagina’ Loudly and Repeatedly Doesn’t Make You a Feminist
Jessica Biel is on a noble crusade to improve the state of sexual education in the U.S.—and she’s doing a surprisingly decent job of treating it as more than a mere cause célèbre.
The former Seventh Heaven star teamed up with international non-profit WomanCare Global to start the “Then Who Will” campaign.
It includes a series of sex ed videos that are mostly humorous and engaging. They aim to make it easier for young women to learn about their bodies and talk to adults they trust about sex.
But when Biel and Saundra Pelletier, the President Emeritus of WomanCare Global, did a Reddit AMA Thursday, they seemed to only focus on one specific aspect of sexual education—understanding the vagina.
And by “understanding” we really mean saying the word “vagina” as many times as possible while describing it as “magical” and “amazing” without actually providing information about it.
When asked by a Reddit user, “what is the most important take-away” of the AMA, Pelletier’s and Biel’s answers were laden with vaginas, but very light on content.
“We could say ‘Vaginas are awesome! Most everybody came from a woman!’ We could use the line you said—anything that bleeds for 7 days and lives on is amazing,” responded Pelletier.
“We could go with your line, like vaginas are magical things. I like that. Or go with the line that vaginas are weird and scary, and like bleed for 7 days, so they shouldn’t be trusted,” added Biel.Well, yes, almost everybody alive owes their existence to a vagina one way or another. But the same is true for testicles, and us masculists don't need to find a way to a way to work them into every single sentence. That would take a lot of balls.
Pelletier chimed in: “THAT IS AN IMPORTANT TAKE AWAY. I think everybody should know more about vaginas—they benefit everyone!”
That’s the thing: At the end of the day, the vagina is a just a body part, folks.
But the vagina has been elevated in its significance to embody all things positive and valuable about being a woman.
If I said 'elbow' would I have gotten in trouble? If you’re regulating vaginas, I don’t know how we’re supposed to not talk about them.”*Yes, it appears I used Jessica twice using the same set of pictures.
Thus, saying you “care for vaginas” or “respect vaginas” has become shorthand for proclaiming you support any number of issues: access to birth control! better healthcare for women! equal pay!
It seems that cheekily, vociferously chatting about vaginas has become the fastest way to show off that you are an empowered feminist. Throwing around such a “taboo” anatomical term must prove you support progressive sexual and gender-related causes!
Wombat-socho has "Rule 5 Sunday: The Hearts of Space" up at The Other McCain.