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Never heard of vagina shaming? Pretty ironic considering you’ve probably been a victim.

There’s no official definition of “vagina shaming” (Urban Dictionary, you need to hop on this!), but in essence it’s the act of making someone feel bad for the shape, smell, look, feel, or taste of their vagina. Let’s hop right in to the three major ways society shames us about our vagina.

  1. You’re told your vagina smells bad.

Advertising in particular is constantly telling us that our vaginas smell bad and need to be covered up with fragrance. Ever heard of Summer’s Eve? They target women by convincing them their vaginas are dirty and need special soap in order to become clean. And they’re not the only brand to do so.

But guess what: our vaginas are self-cleaning! They don’t need special washes or fancy soaps in order to be clean. In fact, those washes can often irritate your already delicate vajayjay. And that odor you detect coming from your lady bits? That’s what a vagina smells like! Unless you have a yeast infection, in which case you should probably check that out.

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  1. You’re told your vagina looks bad.

The best example of this type of vagina shaming is the recent ham sandwich-Taylor Swift Twitter post that an incentive mom decided to share with the world (the woman’s Twitter account has since been suspended). The mom implied that Taylor Swift’s labia looked like a messy ham sandwich because she presumably has been with many men, while her daughter’s was pristine because she practiced abstinence.

Newsflash: the amount of sex you have has no bearing on the size of your labia. Some women have long labias, some have short, but they are all completely normal! Implying that someone’s pussy looks messy because they’ve had sex is not only rude but factually incorrect.

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  1. You’re told your vagina tastes bad.

How many articles have you seen that tell you what foods to eat in order to make your lady garden taste sweeter? If you’ve ever read a women’s interests website, then you’ve probably seen dozens. Do you know how much time men spend thinking about what their semen tastes like? We’re guessing it’s close to zero. Ladies, your vagina tastes great just the way it is — relax!

These are just a few of the many ways that society, advertising, and (unfortunately) other women tell you that your vagina is bad. Have any to add to this list? Let us know how you’ve experienced vagina shaming.

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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to started Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. She’s currently obsessed with Vanderpump Rules, lipstick, and her kitty Tom.