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Brief Published: 16 Jul 2019

Pussypedia Plugs the Women’s Health Knowledge Gap


Accurate medical information about the female body is hard to find on the internet, owing largely to gender healthcare bias. Pussypedia addresses this gap by providing verified advice on a range of questions about women’s anatomy.

The free online encyclopaedia, which launched on July 1, describes itself as “a portal of rigorously vetted resources and original articles about all things vagina”. Created by Mexico City-based journalist Zoe Mendelson and artist María Conejo, the platform answers questions relating to the female experience through carefully curated written content, creative illustrations and 3D diagrams. With an approachable, conversational tone, articles (in Spanish and English) range from personal hygiene and the menopause to queer and trans experiences.

A recent study in the UK found that 59% of men, and 45% of women, could not correctly identify the vagina on an anatomical diagram (YouGov, 2019), demonstrating the need for modern knowledge-sharing platforms. Pussypedia’s launch comes only months after the publication of Vagina: A Re-education, a part memoir which decodes the misinformation women receive about their bodies, and unpicks taboos surrounding sex and the vagina. For more on the initiatives addressing sex education deficits, read 10 Teen Causes to Watch.

Beauty and wellbeing brands were among the first to react to the growing openness towards women’s bodies and provide products for those looking beyond mainstream healthcare (see V Wellness for more). Pussypedia and Vagina: A Re-education are part of a growing movement that celebrates female pleasure and sexuality, a shift we outlined in Female Sexuality in Focus.

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