Is it OK to use 'vagina' to cover all the internal and external female sexual organs? 'Vulvagate' reminds us of a lost world of passages, gates and doors.
(updated 19 July 2018 - and, thanks to Minji Lee of Rice University, subsequently available in Korean here) Please can we just get something out of the way once and for all? The disease of 'hysteria' was neither described nor named by Hippocrates. I know The Sun says it was, but it's wrong. And it's… Continue reading Hysteria from Hippocrates
concerns about cold, clanking equipment used in gynaecological procedures go back a long way in history
Agnodice, 'the first midwife'? Why this is a myth, and a powerful one at that.
One of the most far-fetched myths about ancient sexuality, repeated online but also in print, is that Cleopatra invented the vibrator. Some sites date this event to ‘circa 54 BC’ while others go for 45 BC: there’s nothing like a date to make a story look more convincing. Now, there’s obviously one little problem here:… Continue reading Cleopatra and the vibrator powered by bees