I told you about how CBSNews.com asked me to write "15 Crazy Things About Vaginas" to celebrate the launch of What’s Up Down There? on their website. But within one hour of posting it, some suit in corporate made them take it down. “Too saucy.” Sheesh. But "15 Crazy Things About Sperm" could stay up.
I was so incensed that I wrote this post, "Sperm Trumps Vagina, WTF?"
My post "15 Crazy Things About Vaginas" was so freakin’ popular, it got 2.5 million hits in one day and spread virally around the internet, generating so much traffic that it crashed OwningPink.com! Apparently, people are really curious about vaginas, so I sorted through my book What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend, and I pulled out 15 more crazy things about vaginas.
Remember, the more we know, the more we can learn to love, honor, and respect the part of our body that brings life into the world. Enjoy!
I’ve been fielding questions from tweens and their mothers as part of a corporate spokesperson role with UbyKotex, and for those of you with tween girls, I thought I’d share what has come up!
I just posted "15 Crazy Things About Vaginas," a synopsis of my book What’s Up Down There?, which went viral so quickly that it crashed Owning Pink. One of the sweetest compliments I got on my 20 city book tour was this: “Lissa, Even Ensler started the Vagina Monologues, but you’ve started the Vagina Dialogues.” Suh-WEET! So given the appetite for Vagina Dialogues, I thought I’d share a few more stories. I have to admit that I'm not super proud of my juvenile behavior in this next story. In fact, I feel badly that I let my inner narcissist flourish amidst all the attention from the hunky boys at the expense of my patients. But Owning Pink is all about telling the truth- even if it reflects you in a less than flattering light. So with that said, here you go. Gyno Guzzling- a vagina drinking game.
When I was an OB/GYN resident, I briefly dated this babycakes of a boy, who we’ll call Adonis, since I honestly can’t remember his name. I’m pretty sure he was legal, but only barely, and when he and his buddies found out I was a gynecologist, they were riveted. They made up a drinking game they called Gyno Guzzling in my honor. As the star of this game, I was supposed to tell gynecology stories, and every time I said the words vagina or speculum, they would drink. While the feminist in me found this game a tad offensive, the narcissist in me couldn’t resist the attention, and a room full of hunky college boys egged me on for hours, as I told story after story, until we were all hammered. Gyno Guzzling went something like this.Read More...
A few weeks ago, I finally finished my 20 city book tour to promote What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend (Woo-hoo! Trumpets blare! Cymbals crash! Phew). But i realized that I never posted a juicy blog that I wrote in the fall at the beginning of the tour... and gals, is it a good one. Did you hear the story of how CBSNews.com asked me to write this post -- "15 Crazy Things About Vaginas" -- for their website on the launch day of my book? They had posted "15 Crazy Things About Sperm" and it was wildly popular. So they figured they’d play nice in the sandbox and give us girls our time in the limelight.
And then, after it had been up on their website for about an hour, some suit in corporate made them pull it.
You can read the whole crazy-making story here.
Anyway, I never did get around to posting what I wrote for them. So here you go.
If you’re one of the many fabulous physicians out there, here’s a great big HIGH FIVE. Bless your heart and keep up the good work. We need you, and what you do matters like nobody’s business. Thank you for sacrificing so much in your own life in order to serve others. (I gush more in my Love Letter To Doctors.)
But if you’re one of the bazillion doctors my readers write to me about, let me relay a few of the things I’ve learned from the women who read What's Up Down There, attend my public speaking events, comment here on Owning Pink, come to my workshops, and send me emails.
Remember doctors -- way too many women have been molested, raped, or otherwise traumatized. Getting naked and giving someone else permission to touch is a big deal for some women, so be respectful.
I asked my readers how they wanted to be treated by their doctors, and here’s what they had to say.
Between writing What’s Up Down There?, tweeting and Facebooking, writing on Owning Pink, speaking at women’s conferences and colleges, writing columns for magazines, being interviewed for TV, radio, magazines, and websites, and seeing gynecology patients, I’ve said the word “vagina” more this year than I ever have in my life.
And if my goal was to become the worldwide vagina expert, my plan worked. People are calling me VaJesus. The Vagina Messiah. The prophet of the pussy.
Someone asked me today how my book tour was going, and I found myself answering, “I’m alive.” As soon as I said it, I realize how negative that sounds. When someone asks how we’re doing and we say “I’m alive,” it implies that we’re barely more than dead. But when I said it, I honestly meant that I feel super-duper alive -- in the full realm of human experience way. As in, I feel real. I feel raw. I don’t feel numb or flatlined, in any way.
What this means is that I’m good -- and bad. I’m giddy and grieving. I’m excited and disappointed and passionate and sexy and self-reflective and curious and frustrated and open. I feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. I feel called and appreciated. I am ALIVE. What more can we as humans ask for?Read More...
When I launched Owning Pink a year and a half ago, my goal was to stay true to my authentic self, even as I revealed more and more of myself publicly. Many times, when writing a post -- and later, writing What’s Up Down There? -- I questioned how much to reveal. Where do you draw the line between being authentic and just TMI? I’ve been known to tweet on Twitter about signing off so I can go get lucky with my hubby. I’ve written openly in my blog and my book about the HPV that led me to have a procedure on my cervix meant to ward off cervical cancer. I’m featured in Redbook magazine this month discussing the sexual dysfunction that contributed to the demise of my first marriage. In my book, I confess to the elective C-section I had, the one I lied to everyone about when it happened four years ago. I write openly about the ambivalent feelings I had as a new mother.
So why am I doing this? Don’t I have any sense of modesty? Don’t I have secrets I’d prefer to keep to myself? Is nothing sacred? Does the world really need to know every little detail of my life? Aren’t there people I should protect? Do I really want to be ALL ME, ALL THE TIME? These are great questions -- ones I wind up asking myself all the time.Read More...