Thu May 17, 2007
I take issue with the use of the word “vagina” as a synonym for “vulva.” Because I am a fussy pedant, I would prefer that the word “vagina” only be used for the actual passageway between the uterus and the outside. But this is a minor semantic barb thrown at a book that otherwise does not fail to educate and delight.
Morgan Hastings, a French-horn player and artist, has created a charming little coloring book which celebrates the multitudinous variations of the body part found between women’s legs. He’s drawn a series of cute sketches, each of which illustrates a certain style of vagina (vulva, dammit). There’s the clam shell vagina, all neatly tucked away. The decorated vagina, prettied up with piercings or tattoos. Or the angelic vagina, whose lips spread open like a set of wings.
Along with the illustrations, there are word-searches, fill-in-the-blank puzzles, and places for your own drawings. Each sketch allows ample opportunity for your own artistic additions; I wonder if Hastings has considered pairing his book with a specially manufactured box of pussy-colored crayons? That would be awesome.
The Big Coloring Book of Vaginas uses in a simple, sex-positive style that would be appropriate for your pre-teen child to your feisty grandmother. You’ll smile while looking at the illustrations; I cannot imagine the book failing to please at a wedding shower, bachelor party, or any other gathering of fun, open-minded people.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to raid my kids’ art supply box for some pussy-colored crayons, and then color the page in Hastings’ book that features my style of pussy. That would be the clam shell, in case you are wondering.
available at Big Book Alt Press
$15.00, payment via PayPal