Here’s a sure sign that westerners are simply too affluent and have too much leisure time because if we were otherwise, we’d be working hard to feed ourselves and our families instead of dreaming up imaginary insults and injustices to fume over.
The latest contrived grievance among feminists about the oppressive “patriarchy” is “gender bias” in names for the human anatomy, more specifically, that men had named the parts of female anatomy like fallopian tubes, hymen, ovaries, uterus and vagina.
The truth is, men are all over women’s bodies – dead, white male anatomists, that is. Their names live on eponymously, immortalised like audacious explorers for conquering the geography of the female pelvis as if it were terra nullius.
The gods are engraved on women too. The masculine Greek god of marriage, Hymen, who died on his wedding night, has lent his name to a uniquely female anatomical structure. Hymen is derived from the Greek word ‘hyalos’, or membrane. But it was the father of modern anatomy, Vesalius, who in the 16th Century first used the term specifically for the covering of the vaginal orifice.
When it comes to science and medicine, men (and gods) have left their mark all over the place. They have stamped their names on thousands of creatures, from salmonella bacteria (after US veterinarian Daniel Elmer Salmon, though it was actually his assistant’s discovery) to the endangered grevy zebra (named after a former French president).
After all, until the last century, women were almost excluded from academic medicine. But the continued use of these mostly male eponyms not only reflects the gender bias in our medical knowledge base. It may continue to perpetuate it….
It raises the question of whether our perceptions of the body, and its conditions, are also skewed by gender biases without us realising….
In 2000, social worker Anna Kostztovics was concerned at the lack of fundamental gender equality embedded in her native Swedish language. She pointed out that boys had a non-sexualised word for their genitals – ‘snopp’, a widely-used term roughly equivalent to the English term ‘willy’ – while girls did not. She popularised the use of a new word, ‘snippa’, as the female equivalent.
Since then, Swedish activists have called for English speakers to replace the sexist terms in their own language – such as renaming the ‘hymen’ with the new term ‘vaginal corona’.
It remains to be seen whether these terms will catch on. But perhaps people should be encouraged to create the language they need….
If feminists like Leah Kaminsky had their way, they’ll rename female anatomical parts. But who’s to say the feminists would agree on the new names? It will be the ultimate solipsism, wherein we each has a private language, with our own names for body parts. Humanity will then revert back to the days of the caveman, where we will no longer understand each other, but “communicate” with grunts and howls instead.
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