I understand that Thomas Nelson made Rachel Held Evans take the word "vagina" out of her book (http://rachelheldevans.com/christian-industry). I'd just like to express how ridiculous that is and to start a petition here on Amazon to get them to put the word back in the book! If you agree, please post a comment in reply. Thanks.
Hey Thomas Nelson, Jesus would have no birthday without a vajayjay (or, dare I say it? Vagina). There are a number of reasons - including the prevention of physical and sexual abuse - that using appropriate language for body parts is important. Please act your age by allowing Rachel Held Evans to use appropriate language in her book.
Please put the word back! vagina. there I said it. and the world hasn't stopped spinning. Rachel is a needed voice today. Her language is carefully chosen. I believe she has good reason for using it, so.... Please! put back the vagina. If I say it three times will this post explode?....... Vagin.....!
Vagina is just a word. No self-respecting editor would take out a word that refers, correctly, to a particular body part. Would you edit out "finger"? "Eyebrow"? I didn't think so. Stop making women's bodies something to be feared, shamed or avoided. We have vaginas. You were probably born through one. Let a competent writer decide, when writing about women's issues, when she needs to reference the female body.
It is shocking that this even needs to be discussed. How shall we teach our children to refer to body parts? Should we give them nicknames? No wonder there is so much sexual misconduct in our religious institutions.
How is it possible to ban the proper biological, anatomical, medical word for an integral female body part? It makes no sense. This is not a word to be feared, ashamed of, embarrassed or offended by! Fear of the name increases fear of what it names.
Vaginas: >90% of everyone that ever lived either had one, or was a big fan. This is a non-fiction book for grown-ups, not a Vacation Bible School curriculum. Thomas-Nelson, please reconsider this decision.
Let's name body parts appropriately. By removing this word, we are relegated to the use of slang, which is demeaning and often offensive. Here's to hoping that a book on womanhood can rightly name body parts.
Thomas Nelson made my dad take out the word penis from his book I Was Wrong, I can remember him saying to them "I guess christians don't have penises?" and we wonder why Christianity seems irrelevant and out of touch...
I want to add my voice to those who are more appalled that Thomas Nelson wants the word "vagina" out of this book than they are that Rachel Held Evans included it... why exactly is this part of God's good creation unmentionable?
I so agree with James! To edit out the word "vagina" is to participate in the ways that patriarchy continues to damage not only our culture and faith but our little girls and grown women. Put in back in, and participate in a sane world where little girls can be comfortable with their own bodies because they know the rest of us are comfortable with female bodies that include vaginas!