I am no stranger to talking about vaginas. After five years of talking about vaginas, raising money for vaginas, even making anatomically correct vagina cupcakes for an annual charity production of The Vagina Monologues, I thought I’d seen it all.
I was wrong.
Hubs, who normally acts squeamish whenever I talk about vaginas, and who puts his hands over his ears whenever I dare even mention periods, actually sent me this article today.
Did you know DISNEY once made a short film about getting your period??!!
Yes, the media giant most known for delivering sanitized-for-you-protection stories about cute animals and princesses in distress, actually made an informational animated film about menstruation.
You guys, they actually say the word “vagina” in it. More than once. And there’s a even a mention or two of the “rectum”.
Check out the link to the article if you want some history about WHY Disney made this film – and apparently others like it.
And while the film certainly plays into antiquated gender stereotypes, I’d say it’s pretty revolutionary in its rather scientific explanation of what the hell is going on in your body when Aunt Flo visits. Can you even imagine a film like this playing in a place where they still practice female genital mutilation? Hardly. You’d probably be sent to prison.
Below is the film in its entirety if you’d like to check it out for yourself.
Who knows, maybe in a parallel universe, “Frozen” is actually a story about IVF.