Book About The Unfair Stigmatization Of Vaginas Briefly Censored On iTunes

Book About The Unfair Stigmatization Of Vaginas Briefly Censored On iTunes

In what was undoubtedly an ironic coincidence involving Apple’s automated profanity filters, the title of Naomi Wolf’s new book Vagina — which is about how society chauvinistically stigmatizes the female sexual origin into something so profane it can not be talked about — was briefly censored in the iTunes Store.

The Guardian reports:

Apple’s iTunes store has starred out part of the title of Wolf’s new book Vagina, calling it instead V****a, and replacing the word throughout the book’s description. So, according to Apple, Wolf’s book is “an astonishing new work that radically changes how we think about, talk about and understand the v****a”. The author, writes Apple, “looks back in history and show[s] us how the v****a was considered sacred for centuries until it began to be cast as a threat”, and asks why “even now in an increasingly sexualised world, it is thought of as slightly shameful”.

Amazon and Waterstones’ online stores both allow the word to be seen in full. And unfortunately for Apple, a picture of Wolf’s book jacket clearly displays the title on iTunes just centimetres to the left of the starred-out version.

Wolf’s book hasn’t been singled out: the popular Eve Ensler play The Vagina Monologues is called The V*****a Monologues on iTunes.

Apple has since <a href=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/vagina/id482809237?mt=11’>reversed the censorship</a>, which is as it should be. It’s dumb censorship to censor medical names for genitalia: it’s not like this is some lurid euphemism from Urban Dictionary we’re talking about here. And think of how many confused customers looking for a history of the city and municipality of Varginha, Brazil¬†were going to be out $10 bucks when they buy Naomi Wolf’s book instead!

  • mr_bee

    What’s truly ironic is how half of what used to be called “pornography” (the violent stuff) is now standard fare on daytime TV, but the other half (the non-violent half) is still illegal and censored everywhere.

    Exploding heads, rape, child abuse, beatings, torture == Okay for kids!
    Nudity or sex … == EVIL!

    The USA has such f*cked up morals it’s a joke.

  • SupaMac
    The USA has such f*cked up morals it’s a joke.

    Funny how you censor a word in a post about censorship.

  • SupaMac

    Shouldn’t this book be called “Vulva”? Or is it all about the fleshy tubular tract inside the woman?

  • Sean Shamus McCabe

    Who cares, the auto censor program kicked in and then they almost immediately fixed. Wow breaking news!

  • technochick

    Who cares, the auto censor program kicked in and then they almost immediately fixed. Wow breaking news!

    I was about to say the same thing.

  • HerbalEd

    The use of the word “vagina” to denote the female genitalia is not only anatomically incorrect, it is the perfect symbol of how screwed up (pun intended) is American sexual culture. And, how ironic that the supposedly candid and liberating “Vagina Monologues” got it so wrong.

    Anatomically speaking, the female “genitals” includes the vulva, mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, and clitoris … but not the vagina.

    But what are we non-anatomists supposed to say then? What is the one word that is socially acceptable, and PC to call “it” (i.e., all those parts). No one in the bedroom wants to say, nor hear, “Oh mama, I love your sweet genitals!” or “Pound my genitals, big daddy!”

    There are many socially-unacceptable, “dirty” words to call it … and being taboo can make them even more erotic when said … or shouted … in the bedroom. Of course, we all know the most universally used word, but dare I write it correctly here? Why is it that we can all easily say and write the words “pussy cat” but we dare not the word “p_ssy.”

    Personally I think it’s a very beautiful word … and thing, and in olden England was a perfectly socially-accepted word … and, many modern women like and use the word in the bedroom, but dare not outside of it.

    How silly, huh?

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