“Vagina Loquens”


“The vagina loquens, or “talking vagina”, is a significant tradition in literature and art, dating back to the ancient folklore motif of the “talking cunt”.These tales usually involve vaginas talking due to the effect of magic or charms, and often admitting to their unchastity. Another tradition is a vagina that acquires the power of speech to play the role of informant and reveal a history of previous lovers.

Talking female genitals are an early theme in French literature, most notably in the 13th century fabliau Le Chevalier qui faisoit parler les cons et les culs and in Les bijoux indiscrets, the first novel by Denis Diderot. Published anonymously in 1748, Les bijoux indiscrets (The Indiscreet Jewels) is an allegory that portrays Louis XV as the sultan Mangogul of the Congo who owns a magic ring that makes women’s genitals (“jewels”) talk.

A comparable trope that Diderot must have known is found in the ribald fabliau Le Chevalier Qui Fist parler les Cons. In American literature, a talking vagina is featured in the Ozark folktale The Magic Walking Stick, in which vaginas are made to act as informants.

The taking vagina theme is the central trope of The Vagina Monologues. In film, the pornographic movies Le Sexe qui parle (1975) and Chatterbox feature talking vaginas.”

From Wikipedia. The image above is “Les Bijoux Indiscrets” by René Magritte – and is available for purchase here.


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