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.
Here’s a particularly fine case of Bad History, showing that while it’s bad enough to modify an ancient text to make it into a precursor of a modern condition, it’s even worse to misread a remedy as a symptom in order to make a historical text do what you want it to do! Trotula… Continue reading Making a disease from a remedy: Trotula and vaginismus
We've looked at several different aspects of menstruation here, and as a logical next destination, I suggest the female genitalia. I'll start with the pewter badges worn in the hat during the Middle Ages, my favourite one being illustrated here: a vulva wearing a jaunty pilgrim’s hat. In one of those 'Goodness, I had no idea...'… Continue reading The vulva goes on pilgrimage