The external genital organs of the female are collectively known as the vulva plural vulvaevulvas. In common speech, the term vagina is often used improperly to refer to the vulva or female genitals generally - even though strictly speaking the vagina is a specific internal structure and the vulva is the exterior genitalia only. The word "vulva" was taken from Middle Latin volva or vulva "womb, female genitals", probably from Latin volvere "to roll".
Genital tattoos always conjure up a load of questions among newbies and tattoo enthusiasts alike. With the right design and placement, these tattoos can be bold and empowering, and even a little rebellious. However, there are some very serious considerations and risks that you need to think about before hopping into the tattoo chair.
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Photos Savannah Stewart. It was all about the vulva, in quite literally any shape, form, or colour at the first edition of Festivulve. Anywhere the eye turned to over the weekend… vulva!
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Tass has had three serious relationships, and the identity of each man has been etched on her body. Now, along with the rest of her many tattoos, the year-old yoga teacher wants the symbols that represented her former lovers to be gone. I had a tattoo on my ankle which was supposed to be of him, with his name beneath.
A Paralympic cyclist has revealed she needed two rounds of surgery on her vulva because it had become so damaged by saddles. After years of suffering, which have seen her progress to be the fourth best trike racer in the world, she says women in cycling have drawn the short end of the straw. Her experience will no doubt be familiar to others — figures have shown rising demand for drastic surgery to remove parts of the vagina to make cycling more comfortable.
With all the nicknames floating around for the vagina — and the websites dedicated to hashing them out — we have to wonder if all the seemingly playful banter is doing us any good. A lot of the words used to speak of our lady parts are, frankly, a bit nasty. Terms like "panty hamster" and "beaver" need to be retired, as writer Naomi Wolf reminds us in her book Vagina: A New Biography.
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When Tove Lo's fan got a tattoo of Tove's insanely awesome vagina art, we thought it couldn't get any cooler. The fan got the vagina that replaces the "O's" on Tove's Lady Wood cover placed permanently on their wrist. Now, it looks like Tove Lo got a vagina tattoo of her own. Tove posted a shot of her new ink, the vagina that adorns the cover her of her latest album, Lady Wood.