There are times in the lives of children, frequent or infrequent, when the parental bedroom door is discretely locked. Closed doors protect and evoke secret, but highly-charged activities. But as kids are often aware, the parents are not in there wrapping birthday presents or planning a surprise visit to DisneyWorld.
They are doing secret things, and the secret is not celebratory. The context of the activities behind the closed door becomes mythologized and the message is communicated to children that the locked door hides guilty indulgence in shameful activities, as attested by the trauma that unwittingly witnessing what Freud indelibly designated as “the primal scene” can often cause.
The talking ethnic vagina hand puppets featured in the recent ad campaign for Summer’s Eve “Love the V” female genital cleansing products have come in for a tsunami of criticism for racial stereotyping, widespread critique by feminist bloggers regarding the message that women’s genitals are stinky and in need of constant cleansing, and a drop-dead hilarious drubbing by Stephen Colbert, who proposed a brother-product, the Pine Fresh Scent Dick Scrub. Ouch! On June 27, Adweek reported that withering criticism has forced the company to withdraw the campaign.
Betty asked me to respond with the latest on female ejaculation:
In terms of female ejaculation, the world is divided into two groups: those who do it or have seen it, and believe it, and those who don't do it or haven't seen it and remain skeptical. Betty and I have been having a collegial discussion about female ejaculation for years. I'm a believer, she's not.