Vagina dentata is Latin for toothed vagina. The vagina dentata appears in the myths of several cultures, most notably in several North American Indian tribes. The vagina dentata has proven a captivating image for many artists and writers, particularly among surrealist or psycho-analytic works see below for just a few examples. The myth express the threat sexual intercourse poses for men who, although entering triumphantly, always leave diminished.
Do I Have Something in My Teeth? Vagina Dentata and its Manifestations within Popular Culture
Pussy Bites Back: Vagina Dentata Myths From Around the World
Stories of the mythical vagina dentata Latin for toothed vagina exist in virtually every culture. While many of these tales are cautionary for men to beware where they put their dicks lest they lose them, other and far more disturbing versions involve non-consensual penetration of women in order to remove said teeth. Men's fears of castration compounded by an inherited cultural belief of sexual entitlement function as foundational pillars of masculinity, and patriarchies respond by attempting to control women's "dangerous" sexualities and bodies. Respective wars on women around the world are deeply rooted in the persistent myth of the toothed vagina and what it represents. Here are 10 notable examples from around the world:. The term "vagina dentata" was first coined around by misogynist psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud to describe the idea of "devouring or being devoured" manifesting as the equation of the mouth and the vagina.
Pulling Teeth: Ovarian Teratomas & the Myth of Vagina Dentata
In preparation for our upcoming exhibition, Foreign Bodies , several members of the engagement team went to visit UCL Pathology Collections, to have a look at a collection of foreign objects removed from the human body. It is a fascinating, not to mention an educationally invaluable collection — not least because it contains many specimens that demonstrate gross clinical manifestations of diseases which are now very rare in the Western world. Some of these diseases, such as syphilis, are unfortunately making a comeback, so it seems more important than ever that medical students are able to recognise the clinical signs of these infections. Pathology collections are a highly valuable medical teaching resource; particularly since these kinds of collections are now unlikely to be expanded in the wake of the Human Tissue Act. As with many historical pathology collections, UCL possesses its share of medical anomalies or curiosities.
What about one that could sever a penis or just swallow you whole? The validity of these ideas has been repeatedly challenged since Freud first got his teeth into them in the early twentieth century, but given the proliferation of vagina dentata myths, castration anxiety cannot be dismissed entirely. A group of nearby birds were so amused by the bizarre scene they started to laugh and woke the goddess up.