Sunday, 6 February 2011

A slidkran where your mödomshinna used to be

Today is International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation. The Guardian has a short piece to mark the occasion: they talk to Senegalese musician Sister Fa.

Queen Elizabeth I, 'The Virgin Queen': reputedly kept her corona all her life 

On a related note, did you know that we don't have hymens anymore? The Swedish Organization for Sexual Enlightenment (the RFSU) has renamed that most mythologized of female body parts the 'vaginal corona'.

In a press release entitled 'Time for a more accurate terminology', the RFSU sets out why they felt the change was needed:

In Swedish, the hymen used to be called mödomshinna, which translates literally as 'virginity membrane'. In fact, there is no brittle membrane or curtain, but rather multiple folds of mucous membrane. A vaginal corona, in other words. [The new Swedish term is 'slidkran'.]
"The vaginal corona is a permanent part of a woman's body throughout her life. It doesn't disappear after she first has sexual intercourse, and most women don't bleed the first time," said Ms Regnér. "The myths surrounding the hymen were created to control women's freedom and sexuality. The only way to counteract this is by dissmenating knowledge."
To find out more about the RFSU, visit their English-language site.

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