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vagina dentata


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  • noun The myth of the toothed vagina; often related to castration anxiety.


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First attested 1908, from Latin vagina + dentata, "toothed," hence "toothed vagina," was popularized chiefly by Sigmund Freud.


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  • Wow, the female sexuality raises fear wherever it goes... First autopsies made to women were quite a relief to some people (=men, since all the pathologists were men around that time). Look! No teeth!! Whew!

    Catherine Blackledge: The Story of V. Amazing book.

    February 28, 2008

  • That's... weird. Not least because I believe a fair number of men have encountered vaginas in, uh, contexts other than an autopsy. And survived.

    February 28, 2008

  • John... uhh... No comment.

    February 28, 2008

  • I first heard this word in Snow Crash, possibly the perfect SF novel. It is a device which sits in the woman's vagina, essentially a sharp needle filled with a chemical to knock out a would be rapist.

    February 29, 2008

  • Agreed, seanahan. Great read, and one of the better names for a main character.

    February 29, 2008

  • Gosh. That sounds really comfortable. I wonder if men can wear them too.

    February 29, 2008

  • Ha! Damn you c_b, you made me spit out my tea :-)

    The Vagina Dentata myth is a lot older than Snow Crash, and assumes different forms. Wikipedia lists some of them.

    March 1, 2008

  • Oh, yeah? Also try not to push the button that says: 'Search Google Images' what it comes to this term. It might sound a good idea, but it is not. You will drop the damn cup of tea all together.

    March 1, 2008

  • FWIW, Wordie is a family site, and I have Yahoo! image search set to "safe search" mode, which is supposed to filter "adult oriented" images.

    But it's not perfect, which is one of the many reasons image browsing isn't on by default. Caveat emptor.

    March 1, 2008

  • A truly...unique version of vagina dentata appeared in a 1959 Soviet science fiction film called Nebo Zovyot, a pioneering film that garnered some critical respect until Roger Corman bought it, recruited a young Francis Ford Coppola to rework it, and released it to American audiences as "Battle Beyond the Sun." That film is pretty awful, but when the battle between two monsters begins it's pretty difficult not to understand why "vagina dentata" is a keyword for this movie on IMDB.

    March 1, 2008