You Name IT
The Female Privates, That Is
The portions of a woman that appeal to man’s depravity
Are constructed with considerable care,
And what at first appears to be a simple little cavity
Is in fact a most elaborate affair.
Physicians of distinction have examined these phenomena
In numerous experimental dames;
They have tabulated carefully the feminine abdomina,
And given them some fascinating names.
There’s the vulva, the vagina, and the jolly perineum,
And the hymen, in the case of many brides,
And lots of other little things you’d like, if you could see ’em,
The clitoris, and other things besides.
So isn’t it a pity, when we common people chatter
Of these mysteries to which I have referred,
That we use for such a delicate and complicated matter
Such a very short and ordinary word.
—Anon., cited by Peter Freyer,
“It” in Mrs. Grundy, 1963