I recently presented a Sex Ed session to a large group of 16 year olds. Not one of them could tell me the correct name for the external genitals of a female.
Most said it was a vagina. One girl even said she had never heard of the term 'vulva'. This is not uncommon when I present sexuality education - even to female adults.
One of the the main things many of the young people reported that they learned from the Sex Ed session was:
Media and Popular culture often get it wrong i.e. Some popular women's websites, such as one that has over 450,000 Facebook followers, commonly uses the term 'vagina' when providing information about the 'vulva' in it's articles for women. Pornography, often young people's main sex educator, has certainly instructed young people on what an anus is, but as far as accurate anatomy education it is obviously terribly inadequate.
If we can't accurately identify the vagina (or the vaginal opening) - what hope has the clitoris got of being correctly identified as the same size as a penis and the only part of the human body solely designed for pleasure.
Read more about the Clitoris here.
With 23 years experience as a Sexual Health Nurse & 15 years as an Educator, I'm delivering information & support to Parents, Teachers, Health Professionals and Young People with the aim of encouraging essential conversations about all aspects of Human Sexuality. Hope you find it useful to your situation. Good luck with your conversations, Vanessa x