New Research Says You Can't Locate Her Vagina. Seriously.

A whopping 50 percent of men fail this basic biology test.


This week, scientists in the U.K. dropped a doozy of a report that's sure to rattle any man's confidence in his carnal knowledge of the opposite sex. It boldly states that males are largely terrible at locating the female genitalia. No, for the record, we're not talking about the clitoris. We're talking about the entire vagina.

In a survey of 1,000 men conducted by The Eve Appeal, a U.K.–based nonprofit dedicated to curing gynecological cancer, 500 respondents couldn't accurately pinpoint the vagina on a biological diagram.

Yes, that's 50 percent.

Janice Rymer, the vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in London, said that the "alarming results of this survey highlight the need for better sex education."

Alarming indeed.

Now, the survey doesn't offer any explanation for such widespread male incompetence, but the likeliest reason for the mistake—there has to be a reason, right?—probably isn't that men are pointing at, say, the diagram's foot; it's more likely that the research subjects were pointing at the more general vulva and vagina area, not the vagina specifically. Now, this isn't entirely forgivable, but it's slightly more understandable. (Here's a quick science lesson that we can't believe we're doing: The vulva comprises the parts you see on the outside, like the labia and the clitoris, while the vagina is what you feel on the inside.)

For what it's worth: a different survey conducted last year by The Eve Appeal found that women aren't that much better at the same task. Only 35 percent of 1,000 female respondents were able to correctly identify all the parts of the female reproductive anatomy.

Meanwhile, this week's survey also noted that only 20 percent of male respondents found their partner's private parts to be "attractive," while a mere 10 percent indicated that they could confidently identify said parts in a lineup.

Good job, everyone.

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Ari Notis
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