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It’s called a vulva.

May 13, 2009
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University of Wisconsin – Madison anthropologist John Hawks:

Awkward moments when reading: John Noble Wilford’s attempt to tastefully describe the “explicit” nature of a Venus figurine:


“The short, squat torso is dominated by oversize breasts and broad buttocks. The split between the two halves of the buttocks is deep and continuous without interruption to the front of the figurine.”

Maybe it’s because we’re so used to the sealed plastic orifices of Barbie that describing genitalia in art makes us squirm. But hey, it’s good to know that at some point in the past, a sculptor thought the vulva was an important, valuable, alluring part of the female body, not something that would frighten or corrupt The Children.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. becky permalink
    May 14, 2009 12:18 AM

    Children, especially babies, should be kept as far away from “the deep and continuous split in the front of women” as possible.

    • Jill permalink
      May 14, 2009 1:27 AM

      Dear Becky,

      Thank you for thinking of the children.

  2. Emily permalink
    May 14, 2009 1:32 AM

    Forget frightening The Children; apparently it’s NYT journalists we have to be worried about.

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