I am sure you have all heard about the new-ish horror movie Teeth, which stars a teenage girl with a racy and dangerous secret, a vagina dentata! Now, we could certainly devote an entire post right here to vagina dentata and its implications for women everywhere, but I think that a fanged vagina speaks for itself.
As feminists, however, it is our duty to keep up-to-date on all things vaginal, and with that in mind I would like to draw your attention to a New York Magazine article entitled Ten Movie Vaginas Even Scarier Than the One in 'Teeth'. The list ranges from the plant in 'Little Shop of Horrors' to the Eye of Sauron in 'Lord of the Rings'. Of course, the article plays liberally with symbolism on a few of the entries.
What I want to know, then, is what does a list like this mean for women? Is it somehow empowering, because it shows examples of vaginas that kicked ass and took names? Or is it demeaning, because it paints a picture of vaginas as things to be feared and avoided? Because of the wording of the article (the word 'scary' for example), I find this list problematic.
What do you think?