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In Defense of the Clitoris and the Female Orgasm

Written by María de Lourdes Vaello The vagina has stood at the conjunction of two very different life experiences. On one hand, it has been the axis of hateful rhetoric from people, whom have not grasped a profound understanding of the emotional and psychological burden that the female genitalia represents, and on the other, it has constantly proved to be a symbol of resistance and empowerment to many women across the globe. Historically, women were believed to be unable to climax, so they were used by men for their own sexual pleasure, while her experience was regarded more for reproductive purposes. Which is why, when women discovered the clitoris as a tool of self-pleasure and shed public light to a subjugated subject (the enjoyment of intimacy, far beyond the interest of giving birth), people reacted in different ways. Young women are taught that the vagina is like a “flower”, a term that although could romanticize the organ, it also portrays the vagina as an object that withers through coitus. Therefore, once the vagina is penetrated …

I Am Mine: Reclaiming the Vagina in Nymphomaniac Vol. I

The vagina is an enigma. Throughout history, religion has tried to hide it, politics have punished it and patriarchy has held it hostage. The rise of feminist movements in the 19th century began reclaiming ownership of the vagina, but even in the 21st century the word creates controversy and many women continue to restrain their sexual desires at the request of patriarchal regulations. But, the work of several artists has allowed for conversation to spark and has empowered females around the world to acknowledge their carnal rights. Such is the case of the film Nymphomaniac Vol. I. This work explores female sexuality and its intricacies, from the term vagina to the nature of sex and patriarchal constructions of femininity. Nymphomaniac Vol. I acts as a space for debate and acceptance that serves to understand that sexuality is as much a biological right for women as it is for men. Religious constructions One of the biggest sources of female oppression in our society is religion, specifically the faith of Christianity. Its foundations lie upon the belief …

5 Women on Their First STD Test

I totally understood Hannah during the first season of Girls. She was scared as fuck that she had contracted an STD thanks to her fuck buddy’s antics, but later found out that it was her ex (who had recently came out as gay) that had given her HPV. It’s common for anyone in college to know someone who has contracted a type of STD because, no matter how much sex ed we get, when push comes to shove our horny selves forget that there is such a thing as HIV. Irresponsible, clearly. Taking control of our sexual health is one of the most badass things a woman can do. Knowledge is power, and sexual empowerment comes with the responsibility of understanding our bodies and the threats it faces. According to Mayo Clinic, a yearly test is recommended to any sexually active individual, and that includes a pap smear and blood tests, since some diseases like Gonorrhea are not detected in blood samples.  That being said, it’s still not a fun experience to take an STD …