Vaginas (with Rachel E. Gross)
Why do we know so little about female anatomy? Why are so many of women’s reproductive organs named after dudes? And hold up, the clitoris looks like THAT?!
Today’s guest is Rachel E. Gross, an award-winning science journalist who’s writing a book about the female reproductive system.
Hannah Gadsby’s routine featuring the pouch of Douglas:
Citations and further reading:
- Our Bodies, Ourselves: Our Story
- ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’? It’s Shelved by Jessica Valenti, The New York Times (2018)
- Yeast Infections by Our Bodies Ourselves Medical Conditions Contributors (2011)
- Anatomic Study of the Clitoris and the Bulbo-Clitoral Organ by Vincent Di Marino and Hubert Lepidi (2014)
- Pudendum (n.) – Etymonline.com
- Cobb, M. (2012). An Amazing 10 Years: The Discovery of Egg and Sperm in the 17th Century. Reproduction in domestic animals, 47, 2-6.
- Beery, A. K., & Zucker, I. (2011). Sex bias in neuroscience and biomedical research. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 35(3), 565–572.
- Prendergast, B. J., Onishi, K. G., & Zucker, I. (2014). Female mice liberated for inclusion in neuroscience and biomedical research. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 40, 1–5.
- Shansky, R. M. (2019). Are hormones a “female problem” for animal research? Science, 364(6443), 825–826.
- Illustration of the vagina and vulva from Vesalius’s Fabrica, 1543, r/badwomensanatomy, Reddit
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