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“Hymen” is so over

Posted in Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2009 by Chase

(Photo by Alexander Benz)

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) has announced a campaign to replace the term “Hymen” with “Vaginal Corona.” Read more

(From The Local) “Language has power over how we think. The point is to provide information about how the body works.”

“The group hoped the new term would displace the traditional Swedish word used for the hymen, mödomshinna, which translates literally as ‘virginity membrane’ and led to misconceptions about female sexuality, according to RFSU.”

“It was portrayed as the boundary between guilt and innocence…girls have been raised to protect their hyman, not to run, jump, or ride horses. But in reality there is no membrane; rather there are folds of mucous membrane which form a crown around the vaginal opening.”