What? You’ve never heard of Vagina Dentata? Really?
Come on, it’s Latin for toothed vagina.
No, I do not have a story about one of the Wild Boar’s patients who had a toothed vagina.
I wish I did because that would just be quite an amazing story. Imagine an extra pair of choppers hanging out while trying to do a pap smear? Now that’s entertainment.
But really have you ever heard of this? I hadn’t but apparently vagina dentata is a regular occurrence in some myths that span several cultures. (Those sound like some pretty scary bedtime stories.)
The vaginal teeth theme occurring in these myths often represents itself as hostility in women, or as weaponry used to rape and kill men.
In many of the mythical depictions, women marry the men who detoothed their vagina’s and made them safe.
Okay, it is all very interesting (and scary) as far as folklore goes. However I don’t remember anything about vagina dentata discussed during any mythology class I have ever taken.
The myth has recently gained attention in popular culture with bestselling novel, American Gods, by Neil Gaiman and the film Teeth, that is being released today on DVD.
Overall an interesting concept but again one that has escaped me until now.
Has anyone ever read this book or seen this film or heard anything about vagina dentata? Have I been living under a rock?
I need to get out more.