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Why Do Women Nickname Their Vaginas?

Mooncup, maker of a menstrual cup brand, has created loveyourvagina.com, a viral-marketing site that asks women to type in their very special name. It then provides a visual word cloud of what women around the world nickname their vaginas.

From the male-rooted "Mr Steggles" and "Archduke Ferdinand" to the foreign-inspired "pussoir" and "schnitzel" and the toddler-level "twinkle" and "pompom," each moniker makes me grateful my vagina and I are on a real-name basis. Do women nickname other body parts? Possibly. But I can only think of one reason masses of women are bestowing terms of endearment on their very special part. Find out after the jump.

Embarrassment. Luckily we were just talking about this cultural embarrassment yesterday when three television networks rejected a smart ad by Kotex for, among other things, using the word "vagina." The creator of the campaign, Merrie Harris, talked to the New York Times about the status quo of advertising feminine-hygiene products. “The whole category has been very euphemistic, or paternalistic even, and we’re saying, enough with the euphemisms, she said. "Get over it. Tampon is not a dirty word, and neither is vagina.”

Yet as long networks reject ads for talking frankly about vaginas, it is a dirty word. Guess we'll just have to go with "my fairy!"

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Venus1 Venus1 6 years
Using a nickname and being ashamed are not related. I'm proud of mine and I use nicknames too. I tend to use 'Gina, puss or kitty depending on my mood.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Well, I guess in bed I refer to it as my p****. Never when I'm having a conversation though.
Jmartens Jmartens 6 years
seriously people, no nick names for when you are in bed? Come on, you don't call it your vagina when you are intimate!
karjofas86 karjofas86 6 years
well to be honest my bf and I have nicknames for our genitals, his is Slim and mine is Liliane, they are after the richest male and female on the world. We named them that way as a joke first, because in spanish "rica o rico" means rich or tasty depending how you use it. so since that day on, we call it Slim and Liliane...is not that we are ashamed or embarrassed of it, i think its kinda cute... at the doctor or talking of it serious is the vagina and penis..
karjofas86 karjofas86 6 years
well to be honest my bf and I have nicknames for our genitals, his is Slim and mine is Liliane, they are after the richest male and female on the world. We named them that way as a joke first, because in spanish "rica o rico" means rich or tasty depending how you use it. so since that day on, we call it Slim and Liliane... is not that we are ashamed or embarrassed of it, i think its kinda cute... at the doctor or talking of it serious is the vagina and penis..
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
When I was in high-school, I named mine 'Brittany,' and my friend 'Brittany' named hers 'Betty.'Now that I'm a grown woman? It's my vagina, or my lady parts when I'm trying to be discreet.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
When I was in high-school, I named mine 'Brittany,' and my friend 'Brittany' named hers 'Betty.' Now that I'm a grown woman? It's my vagina, or my lady parts when I'm trying to be discreet.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I call it my vagina. I think nicknames are silly.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
I'm not a big fan of nicknames for body parts. It really annoys me when women refer to their breasts as "girls."
Hiding55 Hiding55 6 years
I call it by it's proper name under normal circumstances. It is a vagina so I call it a vagina or sometimes for short, vag. When I'm having sex I call it a pussy. Call me crude, but I don't scream out "lick my vagina" in the heat of the moment.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
So I'm just gonna be straight up honest. I don't have a nickname for my vagina. I don't talk about it. not even with friends, because we're just very private like that and we don't talk about our bodies or anything. (I mean we talk about PMS and periods but not like, "my lady parts are ______ today.) I talk about my vagina with my doctor. And obviously when I'm with my doctor I call it by its proper name.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
So I'm just gonna be straight up honest. I don't have a nickname for my vagina. I don't talk about it. not even with friends, because we're just very private like that and we don't talk about our bodies or anything. (I mean we talk about PMS and periods but not like, "my lady parts are ______ today.) I talk about my vagina with my doctor. And obviously when I'm with my doctor I call it by its proper name.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Nickname? Hummm, no. With all the crap on TV (erectile disfunction???) it's hard to believe vagina wouldn't be allowed. Silly.
zzleigh zzleigh 6 years
Can't say I have a nickname for my vagina but I gave one to my less-than-cooperative uterus when I was a teen; "Malevolo".However any nicknames aren't because of an aversion to the proper terms themselves (and no, vagina certainly IS NOT a dirty word) but for humor's sake. Although I have had friends that refer to their/significant other's bits as "him" and "her" like they're little people or something and I think that's pretty weird.
zzleigh zzleigh 6 years
Can't say I have a nickname for my vagina but I gave one to my less-than-cooperative uterus when I was a teen; "Malevolo". However any nicknames aren't because of an aversion to the proper terms themselves (and no, vagina certainly IS NOT a dirty word) but for humor's sake. Although I have had friends that refer to their/significant other's bits as "him" and "her" like they're little people or something and I think that's pretty weird.
remember-aurora remember-aurora 6 years
For the most part I call my vagina, a vagina. But once in a while when telling a story i'll call it my Tom Hanks or the "c" word. Example: I met this guy at R&R Hotel and he was trying to get all up in my Tom Hanks. I hate the "p" word. I can't even type it I hate it so much.
remember-aurora remember-aurora 6 years
For the most part I call my vagina, a vagina. But once in a while when telling a story i'll call it my Tom Hanks or the "c" word. Example: I met this guy at R&R Hotel and he was trying to get all up in my Tom Hanks. I hate the "p" word. I can't even type it I hate it so much.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I don't have a nickname for it. It's a vagina, pure and simple. Every once in a while I will refer to it as "my lady bits," but it's certainly not because I'm ashamed of what it actually is. Stupid names for penises are equally annoying.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 6 years
I call it vagina, and my parents called it vagina. My boyfriend calls his penis his penis. Nicknames are just weird.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
I call it my vagina, too. It isn't a dirty word. My parents had a similar approach in teaching me about girl parts.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
You know what I call mine? My vagina. That's what it is. I refer to my daughter's genitals under the blanket names "girl parts" and "genitals" because the vagina is not the only part of her genitourinary system and I want her to know that. I've explained the system to her, just like I've explained fingers and toes and arms and legs.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
You know what I call mine? My vagina. That's what it is. I refer to my daughter's genitals under the blanket names "girl parts" and "genitals" because the vagina is not the only part of her genitourinary system and I want her to know that. I've explained the system to her, just like I've explained fingers and toes and arms and legs.
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