M1: Unit 3: Q3 Answer

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More often than not the names given to female genitalia are childish, medicalised, sanitised and/or degrading. They imply a lack of maturity on women’s part, and a lack of power over one’s own sexuality. They may also imply that females are unclean and impure, and that they need to be tamed and kept ‘under lock and key’. Such a naming process can hardly be empowering for women and fails to induce a positive self-perception.