Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday! We’ve got a brand-new word to focus on this month, and since July marks Hannah’s one-year anniversary for writing and contributing to Model Behaviors, we wanted to give her the spotlight. As we announced yesterday, she’s written a wonderful three-part series that focuses on the vagina. We’re right in the middle of it, so read on to find out how the idea of “rebirth” influenced her research.
The word I’ve been focusing on lately is “rebirth.” Since it’s our Wellness Wednesday word for this month, it felt like the right time to share what I’ve discovered over the past few months. It started out as pure curiosity. I wanted to know more about the vagina itself. In particular, I was interested in the history of the vagina and our relationship to it, both as a part of American culture and as a part of the global culture.
We couldn’t have birth without the vagina, of course, but I noticed that a lot of the women I talk to and coach as a doula have a hard time even saying the word “vagina.” There is a reason for this. But what is that reason? And can we change it? Can we become more comfortable with our own anatomy? Can we give new life to the word? Can we give new life to the vagina itself and recognize how powerful it is?
The availability of the birth control pill in 1965 paved the way for the feminist movement by liberating women’s sexuality from their biology. However, feminism has taken many forms over the past decades and has left contemporary women with a complicated inheritance of notions about women’s sexuality and selves. In fact, Wolf points out that modern-day statistics report that women are less sexually satisfied than 50 years ago.
Why is that and how can we change it?
With all of these questions in mind, I have a very simple challenge for each of our readers. Get out a pen and paper, or open up a blank document on your computer. I want you to write a story. A very short story. Nothing strenuous. It may take you a few seconds or it may take you the whole week, but write down a time when you experienced a rebirth—whether it was physical, spiritual, or intellectual. Focus on the positive aspects of this rebirth, the feelings that motivated you and encouraged you to continue with this great change. As we move forward this month, we’ll keep these experiences in mind. Hopefully, by the end of the month, we’ll all have a more positive, more powerful understanding of the vagina and its role in our lives.
If you’re comfortable, we’d love for you to share your story of rebirth in the comments below. Tomorrow I’ll share how my vagina research has changed my long-held views and notions about the female body and female power. It will be the story of my own recent intellectual rebirth.
You can find Part I of The Vagina Series here.
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