Just the other day – a colleague of mine called me – a “Vagina Whisperer”. I laughed so hard I almost fell over.
“What are you talking about – what is that? Is that some off shoot of a horse or dog whisper? Is that a good thing?” I asked.
“Pammy – Let’s be real here. You are a pro at anything below the waist on women! Whether it is fertility, infertility or sexuality - you know how to talk about it in a way that people (especially women) understand. You calm them – and are able to make women laugh at themselves – you know just how to get people not only to listen, but to talk about all of the things that they are too frightened and blocked by shame to discuss freely with other people. My dear – own it – you ARE a “Vagina Whisperer”.
Okay – that is some title – and I wondered if there was a truth to it – was there such a thing as”Vagina Whispers”? Is that a new breed of female reproductive health educators out there that are talking to women about all manner of things that occur below the waist – in a way that is new? In a way that women can truly get? So who are they?
I sat a bit with this idea – and the names of women that I would call “Vagina Whispers” came to me: Dr. Christiane Northrup, Alisa Vitti, Betty Dodson, Ellen Heed and Gail Sheehy came immediately to mind. These women were advocates, authors, sex educators, and physicians – yet they were all Vagina Whisperers. As I thought about the title – it grew on me. There are so many ways that we each can hold that role for women – do you have any other nominations?