In a world where the vagina is still, too frequently, considered taboo, The Happy Vagina aims to entertain, educate and enlighten its readers.
At some stage in their lives everyone has found it challenging to talk about intimate health and pleasure, regardless of background or experience. Mika Simmons, co-founder of The Lady Garden Foundation and creator and host of The Happy Vagina podcast, rightly believes that this taboo is problematic and can lead to a whole host of health issues. Her aim is to smash this stigma for women, and men, by shining a light on the unique and sometimes awkward facts about everything gynaecological, allowing a more open dialogue for all.
The book tracks vaginas right through history – from the hysterics of the Victorian era where semen was thought to have healing properties for women of a nervous disposition to the modern-day suggestion by actress Gwyneth Paltrow that women give their vaginas a steam ‘facial’. Did you know that the vibrator was the fifth electrical appliance ever made? Today, 56% of us own one – that’s more per household than dishwashers.
Starting with the nitty gritty of your bits, the book looks at appearance and smells, how there is no ‘normal’, pubic hair, hormones and how to recognise other conditions. Moving on to reproductive health, Mika explores periods, pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and abortion. The chapter on sex covers STDs, libido and desire, pleasure, masturbation and sex toys, as well as feminist pornography, consent and communication and the impact of FGM on sexual experience. The book ends with a message of body positivity – reminding readers that their sexiest body part is their mind.
Mika’s approachable and witty text is accompanied by punchy, colourful illustrations, making this the perfect little book to empower anyone with a vagina – or anyone who’d like to know more!