From perennially perky breasts to smooth, hairless legs, womanhood has been constantly sexualized and subjected to unrealistic standards. However, none have been as harmful, or as unexplored, as the expectation of having a tight vagina. Tight vaginas are prized in almost every society and culture that has roots in patriarchy. And this stereotype appears to heavily affect Asian women in particular. And how do they bring it on home for the win? Oh, the smallest vaginas in the game. Valinda Nwadike, MD and obstetrics and gynecology specialist in California, Maryland, can see how this stereotype exists, and whole heartedly disagrees with the premise.
I would definitely disagree with this stereotype. That in itself would negate the myth. It should be put to bed absolutely. Thousands of Asian women, including Thai and Filipina women, were trafficked and coerced into prostitution with white American soldiers. The rippling effects are especially evident in Thailand, where mass sex tourism was developed to pay off debts. In the Journal of the American Philosophical Association , Robin Zheng makes a point that this history has shaped the way people are exposed to Asian women today.
Hollywood stereotypes mostly paint Asian women as sexual, from a submissive damsel-in-distress to China Doll and dragon lady , until they give birth and become tiger moms. Ithaca College Library keeps an updated list of portrayals of Asians in films, showcasing how the roles are limited to sex props, gangsters, or entirely erased. But another newer avenue where most of these stereotypes continue to explicitly persist? One year-old white man, who asked to remain anonymous, shares how this avenue was where he learned the idea that Asian women have tighter vaginas.
Even women perpetuate this stereotype. Jenny Snyder, a year-old half-Asian woman also from Louisville, says that her white female friend asked her in high school if her vagina was sideways. Michelle Eigenheer, a half-Korean woman from Louisville, Kentucky, recalls an experience where her gynecologist — a white woman — switched to a speculum usually reserved for teenagers in the middle of the examination.
As a gynecologist expert, Dr. Nwadike has never encountered the need to switch speculums. A lot of my good guy friends always say tight is very, very, very good. It objectifies us. Eigenheer says she feels deeply uncomfortable when men on Tinder use it as their opening line, or otherwise treat her differently based on a preconceived notion about her vaginal tightness. This stereotype is rooted in so many racist stereotypes that women suffer from. The desire to have a tight vagina is still exceedingly prevalent across the country — and arguably, the world — affecting women everywhere.
Compare the stereotype of the tight Asian vagina to the stereotype of the loose vagina. The problem, however, is that this vaginal myth, along with most other vaginal myths, is simply not grounded in science. Science shows time and time again that vaginal looseness has no correlation whatsoever with promiscuity.
Aside from not being based in scientific fact, this sexual stereotype is also harmful because it emphasizes the importance of male pleasure at the expense of female pain. Studies are increasingly showing that cis women experience pain about 30 percent in the United States when they have penetrative sex. Interestingly, there are some Asian-American women — particularly those around 18 to 21 years old living in large coastal cities — who have never even heard about this myth.
Unfortunately, rather than throwing out the idea entirely, these threads — from — use small and incomplete studies ones that focus on only three races and urinary incontinence to refocus the lens on black women instead.
There is no reason for a large study about ethnicities and vaginas to ever be done. She mentions how there are many other indicators of pelvic size beyond race, such as body type, age, and childbirth. I evaluate the person not the stereotype. Especially when there are still studies and reports of women who are purposely having dry sex to please men. You can find her on Twitter.
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