Misconceptions about the female body

One of the main reasons why we decided to start Kohe Lele, is the presence of misconceptions about the female body. The lack of sexual education and the stigma around it in many countries and cultures, further contributes to this image. As the lack of this kind of knowledge affects both women and men of all ages, the need to spread awareness about such topics keeps our fire burning.

Therefore, this week’s mission is to bust some myths. We gathered misconceptions from our own experience or from our female and male friends, and we are debunking them in order to shed light on the mysterious female body.

1. The female genitalia is called “vagina”. FALSE

I am sure most of you know the famous phrase of “Sex education” TV show “It’s my vagina!” As empowering and courageous as it is (We LOVE “Sex education”!), technically it is incorrect.

The female external genitalia (so the part that is visible) is called VULVA. The vulva comprises the following genital parts: mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, the vaginal opening, the clitoris, the urethra opening and the hymen.

The vagina is a muscular tube where sexual penetration happens. It is connected to the uterus through the cervix. Therefore, it is an internal organ and only the entrance to it is external.

2. Women urinate out of their vagina. FALSE

As explained before, the vulva comprises an orifice called urethra. The urethra is a small tube that is connected to the urinary bladder. Through the urethra the urine comes out. Because of its position above the vaginal opening, the misconception of urinating through the vagina exists.

Male anatomy is different. The urethra passes through the center of the penis and it is used for both urinating and ejaculating.

3. The hymen is a sign of virginity. FALSE

The hymen is an elastic membranous tissue that is developed around the opening of the vagina. This membrane doesn’t have a standard size or appearance for young girls, adolescents or adult women. The hymen can be ruptured in various contexts, such as: sports, insertion of menstrual products or fingers, or surgical procedures. Therefore, there can never be medical evidence to prove if someone is still a virgin or not based on the aspect of the hymen.

4. The clitoris is the size of a pea. FALSE

The clitoris is the only organ that has the only function of sexual pleasure. Up until recently, the anatomy of the clitoris was assumed incorrectly as the size of the pea. But there is more than it meets the eye. The clitoris is a three-dimensional organ with the shape of a wishbone. It extends beside the labia, the urethra and the vaginal canal.