Dangers of the vagina

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Beliefs, myths, and literary expressions of men's fear of female genitals are reviewed. Both clinical evidence and folklore provide evidence that men imagine female genitals not only as a source of pleasure and attraction, but also as a source of danger in a very physical sense. The vagina dentata myth has many versions, including some modern ones, and its message is always the same: an awesome danger emanating from a woman's body. The prevalence of such feelings in folklore and in literature is noted. 1985 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Medical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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