Why We Study Slang for Genitalia
At Good Vibrations, we’ve long known that different people have different comfort levels with and reliance on slang and euphemisms for our pleasure bits.
For everyone who doesn’t feel comfortable with so-called “dirty words,” there’s another person for whom scientific language is alienating and unsexy.
Sometimes sex education happens much more successfully when we can figure out a person’s preferred language for erotic anatomy. It’s one of the reasons I including euphemism listings in Exhibitionism for the Shy — so people could get familiar with their own preferred words and find out whether their partners’ differ. That makes erotic talk more fun and hot, too. And one of our very first Masturbation Month activities was a euphemism list for masturbation terms, which resulted in one of my favorite ever phrases: tossing the pink salad! This history reminds us that even in conservative eras, people have been thinking, talking, and writing about sex for a very long time.