Clits, cunts and cocks: the language of anatomy

Clits, cunts and cocks: the language of anatomy

The Other LivvyConference Room 2

I intend to discuss the language used to describe sexual anatomy and how these words can be used in different contexts - literary, educational and erotic.

Outside of writing, I have a medical background, including a BSc in Anatomy, and I would use this knowledge to start with an introduction on technical and medically accurate language for our anatomy with a short recap of where these structures are and how they fit together. I expect that for the majority of attendees this will be revision but there are some people who write sex who still talk of penetrating the womb who I want to gently correct at the beginning!

From here, I would move on to talk about how rarely this medical language is used accurately, allowing a brief discussion of the vulva/vagina debate, and how it is important to match your language to your audience, ie perhaps more technical in sex ed writing and more emotive or evocative in a personal essay.

The main topic of my session would then follow - a discussion about how language can make you feel and how important this is in erotica. I would give examples of what I felt were effective and ineffective uses from erotica (cock vs dick vs member, cunt vs pussy vs sex etc) and use these to prompt discussions about how anatomical descriptions can enhance or damage the flow of a story. Does the story need hard hitting accuracy or bold descriptions, or would a gentle euphemism actually work better? Why are some words more acceptable to some audiences than others?

Tue 12:56 pm - 12:00 am