Halloweeniers love to hate Valentine's Day. We have clever poems and, memes aplenty to express our desire to spare us the mushy jewelry and, chocolate commercials, and just give us a second Halloween. We roll with it and, add in some horror couple influences and, blood to the mix. After all, Valentine's Day was derived from Lupercalia, a sexually charged violent and bloody celebration. There was random matchmaking, lots of fucking and it was all done to ward off evil spirits and, infertility. Sex Magick! Oversexed and, Lilith possessed humans, like myself, use the day to exploit raucous sexual activities which makes me wonder, "why not replace Valentine's Day with Vagina Day?"
We are already subjected to an International "Something" Day as it is. Like, every fucking day I hear its a day to recognize a thing. Some are quite informative and, beneficial. So, in line with celebrating the complicated emotion, let's also educate and, celebrate the very organ that creates and holds life itself. Vagina's are a glimpse of the Universe. Pussy Power is a movement. No one coochie is alike. It's strong enough to take on things that enter and, exit it. Yet, it's fragile and, can be murderous. Soft as a rose petal and rough as sand paper; the vagina is a wonder deserving of more respect and, attention.
Throughout history, women were conditioned to hide away and, not speak of their pussies. It's no surprise men were the culprits of this training as they were aware of how magickal the vagina is and, it threatened their illusion of dominance. Being their source of pleasure and, genetic lineage of corpse, they laid claim to this entity of delight. When women discovered they can unleash the secrets to the universe with our orgasms we, it can't be denied we came into our own. Again, no wonder why men's egos are fed to the highest extent. The words, "Yes, you made me cum " will send men into power trips. They can't really claim this power source on their own, so they will be responsible for being its only source of pleasure.
Silly men. We pleasure ourselves just fine, if not better, than you ever can. We pleasure each others vaginas just fine as well. Its, ok. Some of us still enjoy having you in for a visit.
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Very mature coming-of-age shows like Big Mouth exploit while inducing curiosity about masturbating penises and vaginas. When I was an adolescent, it was shameful for a girl to masturbate but, quite ok for a dude to jerk off. So, it makes me proud and, a bit envious, of the generation below me to have the freedom to talk about self-pleasure.
The vagina is an organic machine. A woman's menstruation is quite a fascinating bodily function. It self-cleanses during every phase of the moon. Sadly, the monthly visit from Aunt Flow has historically tricked women into being ashamed of it. Periods were meant to be kept private and, it was considered "unclean. In Southpark: Bigger, Longer ,and Uncut , Mr. Garrison is famously quoted saying "I don't trust anything that bleeds for three to five days, and doesn't die." When I saw and, heard this, everyone around me laughed. I was quite offended. Fucking men and, their misogynistic "jokes." The truth is, our periods are meant to be honored, respected and celebrated. In ancient cultures, menstruation was a hallowed time due to it's alignment with the moon phases and, it was known that it was the time women were able to harness ethereal energies. How can menstruation be considered anything less than magick when we are able to sync our cycles with each other?
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Unfortunately, this sacred tradition has been twisted into a means of invalidating the magick of the menses. Even in modern culture, menstruating women in Nepal are forced to sleep in huts behind their home during their moon cycle. When did modern cultures decide that a woman's natural flow with nature, with the moon, become dirty and, culturally inappropriate?
It's important to note that not all women experience period bliss. Humiliation from peers is not the only betrayal to a woman having her period. Excruciating pain caused by dysmenorrhea to the "disease of theories" better known as Endometriosis, can make periods unappealing and, not sacred at all. The vagina is powerful one way or the other. The organs attached to it that make it the Earthly machine that is is can work against a woman. Yes, we bleed and don't die. That makes us worthy of respect and, not mistrust. However, I am not going to convince men not to fear the menses. That's part of taking down the patriarchy.
It is time to normalize vagina health. As openly as we do breast health. While breast and, skin cancer are the most common types of cancers amongst American women, cervical and, ovarian cancer are silent killers. Too often are they detected too late. Preventative care is essential in order to identify the silent killers. Those who cannot obtain health care or, si