Female reproductive anatomy is widely named after males
Can you imagine a world where not all men are involved in all women’s affairs? Do not mistake yourself. We have made giant strides over the centuries. We can buy our own property, have our own bank accounts, and dowries aren’t even a thing anymore. Well, in most places. But honestly, the most important thing is that men can’t seem to stay away from our bodies. Ssome Texas lawmakers don’t think we deserve even a bit of bodily autonomy. While this is infuriating, it shouldn’t be shocking, as they’ve all always been involved in our business – our ladies business, that is.
Nothing illustrates this point better than to name the female reproductive anatomy after the men who discovered it. Have you heard of Gabriele Falloppio? Apparently the fallopian tubes and a few other anatomical areas are named after him. Oh, and the Greek god, Hymen? You don’t need me to tell you which part of our anatomy it is associated with. From the 16th century, Vesalius decided to immortalize it in this way. And of course who can forget Ernst Grafenberg? He claimed the discovery of the G-spot. Yeah, okay, Ernst. Most 21st century men haven’t figured it out yet, but are you telling us you found it in 1950?
Of course, there is nothing shocking about female reproductive anatomy named after males at this point. But still, it’s boring AF and honestly doesn’t even make sense.
Why is language important?
Think about it for a minute. When someone talks about the pouch of Douglas, do you have any idea what they are talking about? Better yet, does it tell us what its function is? No no. I didn’t even know it without looking, and it’s part of my anatomy! To name the anatomy after the people who discovered it, instead of using the name to describe its function, is patriarchal nonsense. Fortunately, this process has started to evolve. Most of the old names that had been used have been updated to more accurately represent the function.
Another problem is that some people have discovered not one, not two, but several organs. As the The New York Times points out, “Gabriele Falloppio claims a tube, a canal, a muscle and a valve, not to mention a flowering buckwheat plant.” Calm down, Gabriele.
More importantly, this archaic male language system sends an underlying message about how we are supposed to treat our bodies. Oncologist, Jérôme Groopman, points out that masculine connotations can make a patient feel like a war is going on inside their body, which can have a negative impact on their well-being. This may imply that if they don’t improve, they have somehow failed.
Women’s reproductive health is not a boys’ club
For example, blaming yourself for not fight hard enough to get better and be well. All the time Tongue As lazy ovaries (the ovaries are not working as expected) or failed pregnancy (miscarriage) is used by healthcare professionals to describe natural phenomena in the female reproductive system. Why do we use words with such negative connotations? It’s absolutely a double standard when it comes to men. I mean, have you ever heard of a low sperm count called lazy sperm?
Name, language, and lingo are just a small part of the battle when it comes to getting women more involved in our own bodies. As I said, although the company has made giant strides in the expectations and roles it has for women, STEM fields still do not include enough female representation. Research of AAUW Reports women currently represent only 28% of the STEM workforce. It’s time to make the change.
Change can be difficult, but in this case, it’s critical to remove some of the negative stigma associated with how we view female reproductive anatomy. A request that I would like to make on behalf of myself and potential parents over the age of 35. Please, please delete the term geriatric pregnancy. Because, all of you, 35 is not geriatric. Get out of the old and the obsolete, and place yourself in the new, logical and respectful.