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Walt Disney said “Vagina” first!

Gabrielle Vaughn
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Here’s a mind blowing little fact for you:

As strange as it may seem, Walt Disney was on the forefront of women talking about their vaginae (plural of vagina). In 1946, Disney was commissioned by the Cello-Cotton company (who made Kotex feminine napkins) to make a film called The Story of Menstruation, which mentioned the V-word for the very first time on celluloid. The film was never released theatrically, but was shown to 105 million American students, along with advertisements for girls to make sure to use their brand when it came to “that time of the month.” The film was hardly pornographic – in fact, menstrual blood is shown as white instead of red. It is now in the public domain and can be watched below!

Interesting, eh? Well, did you also know that… Read more

Menopause 2015

Evan Chen
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According to NAMS (North American Menopause Society), we should be planning a healthful rest of the year. I agree! Let’s put our minds and bodies into action this year. We’re big girls, after all!

A new year is upon us. It is a great time to think about where we are and where we want to be. What are your personal priorities for 2015? If you’re still trying to come up with a resolution or a new direction, here are a few options to consider:

Harmonizing your relationships
Improving your personal health and fitness
Focusing on your physical, emotional, and/or spiritual life
Learning a new skill or pursuing a new interest
Setting a new career or social goal
Completing a specific project that has been on the back burner for a while
Choosing a new, healthy habit to replace an unhealthy habit
Supporting a worthy cause by volunteering/donating
At midlife, we generally have lot to reflect upon looking backwards and a lot to envision looking forward.

What are some of your attainable goals for this coming year? How do you plan on treating this marvelous body of yours?

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Body Beautiful Carrying On

Gabrielle Vaughn
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I just read this article, What Kylie Jenner Wearing A DUFF Shirt Means For Plus Size Women Everywhere – and loved it. I’m so glad there’s a consciousness that pushes self acceptance. What a world we’d live in, what a personalized experience of the world we live in if we all had true self acceptance, and self esteem. I don’t usually turn to Kylie Jenner for any kind of daily revelation, but there is something interesting about her playing the lesser and making us all question the levels of beauty, and how no matter who you are or what you look like, you could always be somebody’s DUFF.

There’s no telling when the term DUFF (acronymous for Designated Ugly Fat Friend) originated exactly, but it certainly reached a seemingly climactic moment in 2010 upon the release of Kody Keplinger’s novel The DUFF — a body positive book exploring the subjectivity of beauty and desire. And five years later, we’re seeing something of a resurgence of the word due to CBS’s February 20th release of the novel’s film adaptation starring the fabulous Mae Whitman. With Kylie’s newfound ownership of the term, well, my guess is it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.

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Call It What It Is: Vagina

Adrian Lamb | Blogger On the Go

Denise Vivaldo, in her essay for The Huffington Post, writes:

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I happen to love my vagina. We have been through thick and thin together. The great, the good, the average and the occasional nights we never speak of. Ever.

Now that we are 60, which is the new 40, we both feel we have a lot of great years ahead of us. We love being older and wiser. We love being a wife, a boss, a woman. We pay our taxes. We are good citizens. It seems only right that we be in charge of our own life, because my vagina and me, we belong to each other and nobody else.

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Talking About Sexual Inadequacy

Gabrielle Vaughn
 | Blogger

How do we communicate when it comes to feelings of sexual inadequacy?

We live in a time where we are encouraged to fly our freak flags high; if we’ve got something strange, unique or even problematic – these are the days when open communication is the norm.

Remember when mental health was a hush-hush secret? Now, things like depression are talked about openly and there are no barriers to prevent a person from finding help. The same goes for sexual expression – over the years, women have been empowered to such a point where one can tell their sexual partner what it is that turns them on – without it being a huge embarrassment.

And even as we grow in our ways of expression, even as we step into fearlessness and the courageous ways we can talk about our bodies to our partners – there is one threshold that still seems to be off-limits…and that’s the doorway that leads to what we hold as our secret neurosis. Read more

A Happy, Healthy Vagina

Gabrielle Vaughn
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What causes vaginal irritation, and what preventative measures can be taken to avoid this? Even though the advice comes in a rather goofy style of prose, I found that this advice was excellent and well worth the read. From Women’s Health Magazine:

1. Sitting on a Bike Seat Without Padding
Ever have your labia go numb—or even start to hurt—during a SoulCycle session? That’s your vagina making it loud and clear that the way you’re sitting on the cycle seat is compressing nerves and blood vessels in your crotch, which over time can reduce genital sensation. A 2012 study from Yale University looked into this more closely, finding that women who rode stationary bikes with the handlebars lower than the seat experienced the most discomfort. If it happens a lot, check your positioning on the bike, or follow these strategies so you and your vagina can continue killing it at your indoor-cycling class.

2. Not Taking off Your Gym Clothes After a Workout
As you lounge around in your sweaty yoga pants, bacteria are breeding like crazy, thanks to all that perspiration your below-the-belt region produces (your vaginal area is packed with sweat glands, you know). If bacteria get into your vaginal canal, they can upset the balance of the microbes that normally live there and cause a yeast infection, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical associate professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. Change out of your sweaty, stinky gear as soon as you can, and take a quick shower to wash away the sweat that allows infection-causing bugs to thrive. Read more

Spotlight: Internal Vaginal Moisturizer

Gabrielle Vaughn
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When you hear the term ‘Internal Vaginal Moisturizer‘, there’s a good chance your mind automatically assumes we’re talking about lubricant; we’re not. We are specifically referring to the moisturizing and conditioning of the internal vaginal walls due to the irritation and dryness that come as a result of menopause.

Vaginal irritation and itching are one of the most common gynecologic problems affecting women of all ages. And an irritated vaginal area is commonly associated with the hormonal changes that occur during menopause.

The drop in estrogen production that occurs during menopause can cause external vaginal irritation and itching. However, many women also experience an irritated vaginal area after childbirth, while breast-feeding, due to radiation therapy or after having ovaries removed. Read more

Body Positive

Gabrielle Vaughn
 | Blogger

There are so many ways we can understand our own bodies and how we appear to both ourselves and to others. Surgically enhancing or modifying ourselves can have an interesting affect; it can give us what we want – or it can give us what we think we wanted – a condition we only realize after the fact. Often times, we put ourselves through an intense amount of self scrutiny and sometimes, in the end, we’re still not satisfied. So, while we enhance, modify, lift, nip, tuck, bypass, lap-band and starve, no matter what we do, we’re still grappling with the same old question: Do I love myself?

Trisha Harms wrote a very interesting blog on the topic of self acceptance as a result of efforts gone wrong. She begs the idea of: What if you are still unhappy after making extreme moves to change your appearance?

She says:

I have always been fat, and for a long time, I really hated it. I spent more than two decades of my life wishing I would magically wake up “normal.” Until I was in my mid-20s, I didn’t know what it felt like to not wear a heavy cloak of shame and insecurity.

Like so many other fat girls with Internet access, I discovered that body positivity was a thing, and that I could feel good about myself and I didn’t really have to give a fuck about what other people thought. I decided to be happy, regardless of my size. I began identifying as a fat feminist. I actually started feeling okay about my body. I was doing okay and there were people who liked me, even loved me, despite my fatness. At some point, I even started kind of liking myself, and then my fatness became somewhat of a non-issue. Eventually I came to be at peace with my body. It was mine and mine alone, and it was beautiful.

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Starting Out the New Year with a Big One

Adrian Lamb | Blogger On the Go

Whether we’re serious or just being facetious, everyone is impressed by a large penis. The real question is – is there such a thing a too big? Can being impressed quickly turn into fear – even dread? Not everyone is porn star after all. But still, we talk a blue streak about size, so there’s something about it that keeps us curious. But the truth is – can we handle all that D?

According to Women’s Health,

In a perfect world, your boyfriend/husband/fiancé/hookup would have the Goldilocks of penises: not too big and not too small—juuuust right for you. But this is not a perfect world, and the truth is that size can sometimes be an issue. His penis and your vagina might not always match up perfectly. We checked in with gynecologist Lauren Streicher, M.D., author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever, to find out if a penis can ever be too big for your vagina—and what to do if you find yourself dealing with the papa bear of penises.

Good news: In general, most vaginas are able to fit all shapes and sizes of penises. “Given appropriate arousal and lubrication, most vaginas can expand to fit whatever size penis,” says Streicher.

Is this really true? I mean, if we can deliver a human child through that canal, one would suppose a large penis would look like small potatoes in comparison. Then again, no one ever says delivering a child is easy…

To read more: Can a Penis Be Too Big for Your Vagina?

And while you’re there – start thinking about lubricant. PrivateRx would be your next go-to website for all things smooth and satisfying!