It is International Women’s Day today and in my life I am surrounded by women and girls. In our house it is just me and the plants and the occasional stuffed animal that identify as male. I’m not actually sure if the plants are on my side since I only have grade ten science and we didn’t really get into plant sex. On the mammal scorecard there are 5 females and one male (me) in the house. Granted, one of the females is a cat.
To start things off I would like to thank Joyce McFadden for her piece in the Huffington Post on this same topic.
I have two little girls and my wife and I have always referred to all of their body parts by their anatomical names with one early error that we need to correct. We taught them that their external genitalia is called a vagina, when we should have said vulva. This article has reminded me that I need to correct this. We read the Bare Naked Book by Kathy Stinson with them as toddlers to help them learn the names of their body parts.
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