I’m sort of abstractly peeved that I wrote the penis post before I wrote this one. In a way it just seems like I was totally buying into the dick pervasiveness in society..
Note: In the anatomy section, I do refer to the Vagina as part of the ‘female reproductive organs,’ however Vagina’s are NOT solely female as the world is exciting and filled with all types of people.
Both Men and Women can have Vaginas, So please Use this Writing Erotica guide for your Vagina-equipped characters.
Anyway, let’s get to the meat of it!
Warning: This is NSFW and there is an image of a VAGINA after the jump!!! (Run in fear)
This is NOT supposed to be a guide about using language in society, this is a reference for erotic writing and getting readers in the mood.
Vaginas, they exist. So much so obvious.
Well first lets go over a simple anatomy/terminology lesson. You can look at the lovely image to the left for reference!
The female reproductive organs are often referred to as the ‘vagina’ in colloquial society, however this is a slight misnomer. The Vagina is the internal structure leading to the cervix and womb, the external sexual organs are called the Vulva. Part of the external structure of the vagina is labia (Majora and Minora) which are often referred to as the ‘lips’ of the vagina. There is also the ever popular clitoris.
I altered this image to remove the bit that talked about the TORN hymen because the “tearing” of hymens is misinformation about sex and homie don’t play that. For more information about Hymens – what they are and how they work, and how you DON’T ACTUALLY BREAK or POP them – Please go Here to check out Laci Green‘s Sex+ video on Hymens. It is VERY informative
In this article I will go over various terminology for the vulva, the vagina, and the clitoris. With a brief foray into the g-spot (it really doesn’t have a lot of synonyms).
To be perfectly honest, there are very few terms that aren’t completely inane. My biggest criteria for this list is ‘what terms would I, personally, want my Lady Bits referred to with.’ Like always, I completely admit that this list is highly biased.
The biggest thing I want to impart is that all terms can be valid if they are used in the right context. Your characters might use particular colloquialisms to refer to their parts and that should be done in character. A more reserved character is more likely to use more reserved language and not suddenly refer to a vagina as a fur burger, however I am sure there are characters for whom something like squish mitten is perfectly valid (Even if both terms are completely inane), so it all depends on context.
Common Terms that don’t seem super objectionable:
Vagina – Its pretty straight forward. Its a Vagina. Get over it.
Neither Good nor Bad – Debatable Terms:
Cunt – Oh no she didn’t. Yes I did. The term cunt has a long history and while modern usage has it pegged as vulgar and insulting, there is a movement in the feminist community to reclaim this word in a more positive light. The history of the word is quite fascinating and it is believed to be derived from Proto-Germanic (placing its origins between 500BCE and 500CE). I do suggest that this word be used with caution as it provokes a very strong response in a lot of people (which I will probably hear about in comments), however I think that in the right context this word should not be discounted. (The right context is NOT ‘dude she’s such a cunt’ in case any asinine morons are wondering) If you are interesting in reading about this word, head over Here.
Pussy – Some people love this term. I am not truly fond of it because it sounds like it’s from a bad porn movie. I find the term oddly infantile and that kind of creeps me out. But it is popular and widely used. Also the unfortunate cat reference in the term is weird. I don’t think of cats when I think of vaginas.
Quim – British term – apparently slightly vulgar, but aren’t all terms referring to genitalia? I happen to kind of like this one, but I think it’s because I like words with Q’s. Being a British transplant, I am not completely aware of the social mores attached to this term, but my research hasn’t shown it to be terrible.
Slit – This term can work, but to be honest its iffy. I wouldn’t use it all the time, but ‘licked her slit’ does work on occasion. Sounds too much like a wound for my tastes.
Beaver – Its an animal with big teeth. If your character has vagina dentata, then feel free to use this term with authority. Otherwise, it feels like the type of term that would be used on terrible sit-coms.
Sheath – To me, this term is sexist. It seems to imply that a vagina is nothing but the receptacle for a penis. It discounts sex that doesn’t involve a penis by making the vagina sound empty if the penis is not involved. I’m not into terminology that subconsciously promotes heteronormative garbage.
Other Terms grabbed from Wikisaurus
Each word has a link to take you to that WikiSaurus page, I have color coded some of the words into Three categories – Useful in Green, Neutral in Orange, and Awful in Red.
Here are some more from Online Slang Dictionary, most of them are insulting. I don’t recommending using them.
But have some variety. Some really horrible variety.
A lot of these are horrible.
Vulva Terminology –
Most terms can be interchangeable with Vagina, but there are a few that are different. I don’t really have an opinion on any of these enough to thoroughly recommend any of them, however I’m including them for informative purposes. Oddly enough, a lot of terms suggested as synonyms for Vulva are actually synonyms for sexual intercourse. How bizarre.
Minge – Can refer to the vulva or the exterior labia and pubis mons collectively. Doesn’t seem to have too much baggage, but I haven’t really heard it used much.
Muffin – Bluffin’ with my Muffin baby. I think all cutesy terms are a bit inane, but apparently this term’s definitions include both a vulva and a ‘charming, attractive young man.’ Which cracks me up. I’m all for gender bendy terms and having one that can be used like this is hilarious to me. I challenge anyone to write something where the term is used in both ways much to the confusion of other characters. It would be hilarious.
Cooch, Coochie, Coochy – When I hear this term I think of purses, which is also a term people occasionally use. I don’t like either. In the right context, this term could be used by characters when they talk about their parts, however I wouldn’t use this in descriptions. ‘licked her cooch’ just doesn’t seem sexy to me.
Kitty – Don’t be mean to your cat. This term is used (‘put it in my kitty’) but I find it both infantile and inane. Also persistent use can give the reader the vision that you are committing gross acts of cruelty to your pets. Not really a turn-on for many people.
Twat – Some people like this term, however it is also used as an insult, and generally referring to a woman’s genitals with a term that is also an insult is frowned upon (I do realize I made an exception for Cunt, but extenuating circumstances apply). I also think this term is too close to ‘twit’ to really stand on its own.
Slot – Like sheath, this term is kind of sexist, suggesting that vagina’s are inherently empty and gaping holes in desperate need of PENIS. Also the connotation that giving women something will gain you access to their lady parts, isn’t really lovely to think about.
Here are some more terms from Wikisaurus
Ahah! We reach the Clitoris! Which society apparently believes is the magical button of rainbows. (it’s lovely but it’s not THAT lovely) Clitoral stimulation can be very pleasurable but I’ve seen writers imply that brushing against it will release a torrent of ‘pussy juice’, which I’ve personally not seen to be true. It’s entirely possible that there are women who are that sensitive, but generally speaking, it’s not a magic button.
Clitoris – Its accurate, but a little long and wordy. I don’t find it a ‘pretty’ sounding word, but its accurate.
Clit – Shorter, more popular, but it doesn’t really role off the tongue well (*snerk*). I do recommend it for descriptive paragraphs.
Pearl – Could work. Sounds weird. Vagina’s and oysters have a strange culturally created metaphor. Not my thing but hey, if it’s yours, go ahead.
Bean – I just find this awkward because I keep seeing a kidney been in the gal’s ladygarden. It just seems slightly slangy for descriptive text.
Button – Sounds like you’re in an elevator, but this term can be used well.
Nub – This always makes me think of the small nub like mouse on my old laptop. But some people do like to use it.
Dickle – generally refers to a larger than average clitoris occasionally due to steroid use. Since all people are built differently and some women may have larger than average clits, I think this term is inane and insulting. All vagina’s are different and should be appreciated.
Here are some more terms from Wikisaurus
There aren’t a lot of these, in fact it’s pretty much G-spot or bust. I did find a few though.
Hot Spot – Works. Bit dull, but it works.
Sweet Spot – Works.
Mmm Spot – Uhhh…. okay?
Petals – Popular, although the ‘delicate flower’ metaphor is a bit moot when you’re planning on thrusting into it with abandon. Still it can set a mood.
Lips – Also popular, but the image is odd to think of.
Piss clam/curtain/fender/flap – This should never be used in erotica.
Flaps – In general I find this term really….. disgusting.
Here are some more terms from Wikisaurus
A lot of them are insulting.
The biggest problem with Vagina terminology is that there are so many parts of a vagina that can be stimulated, yet our language hasn’t created individual positive terms for all of them. This is a product of the inherent sexism that has pervaded the English language for hundreds of years. And before someone complains that the language isn’t sexist anymore, please have a look at how many terms for the vagina and its functions are also associated with the idea of being weak, stupid, infantile, and annoying. Twat, Douche, Pussy, Kitty, etc. Even though many terms for the penis aren’t positive, the association is still seen as stronger than vagina terminology. A dick or prick is seen a person who is strong enough to do something horrible. A pussy is seen as weak. Language is important for context.