Before women start to crucify me here, it’s what I read somewhere oooh………..the words aren’t coming directly from me, eheh!
So, reports claim that some women in Central Africa, South Africa, and Indonesia go through harmful practices to “dry” their vaginas because of a cultural belief that doing so increases the s*xual pleasure of men they sleep with.
Read how the Daily Mail reports it: –
These women insert materials like sand, chalk, pulverized rock, herbs, sponges, or paper before s*xual intercourse. In addition, they douse their privates in bleach, alcohol, detergents, antiseptics. Women in Java, Indonesia are said to “smoke out” their privates, by standing over burning herbs.
In addition to the belief that the practice will give men pleasure, it is also believed that the dryness will make the v**ina firmer, as men are thought to reject women whose privates have been “stretched out” due to s*x.
However, drying makes intercourse extremely painful for the females, and can lead to cuts, sores and inflammation in the v**ina, and increases the likelihood of condoms breaking. This in turn puts the women at a higher risk for contracting HIV.
Speaking on the practice, a South African doctor named Marlene Wasserman, says:
“It’s definitely a class issue. Basically, a woman’s reputation depends on the size of her v**ina. Among women who are less informed and less educated, there’s an unbelievable ignorance around the idea the v**ina adapts to the man-hood.
There is also an incorrect cultural belief that if a woman has a partner with a large man-hood, her v**ina will remain permanently ‘stretched’ – and future partners will think she is promiscuous.”