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31 Reasons 2014 Was The Year Of The Vagina

From groundbreaking research to (almost) internet-breaking stories, vaginas (and vulvas) were a whole thing this year.

1. The universe gave us what is basically a FitBit for your vagina that uses vibration as a reward. / Via

The company expects its first shipment to go out by Dec. 29, just in time for your New Year's vaginalutions.

*Not actually a FitBit product

2. The world collectively cringed when this American exchange student got stuck in a vagina statue in Germany.

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At least he got Reddit-famous from it.

3. These women saw their vaginas for the first time, and it was actually adorable.

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4. We learned that many women don't actually know where their own vaginas are.

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In a survey of women from the U.K., only half of the women between the ages of 26 and 35 could correctly label the vagina on a simple diagram. And according to the same survey, 65% of the women were uncomfortable saying the words "vagina" and "vulva." Fortunately for you, we have no such qualms.

5. The Colombia women’s cycling team stepped out in uniforms that looked a whole lot like they were showing off their vaginas.

I'm no fashion expert but even I know that the Colombia women's cycling team kit seen here is a genuine disaster

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I'm no fashion expert but even I know that the Colombia women's cycling team kit seen here is a genuine disaster

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6. Usher charged his phone in a woman’s vagina during a performance piece at Art Basel. Because, why not?

so usher just walked into my exhibition and charged his phone in my friend's vag #nsfw @VectorGalleryNY @SelectFair

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7. Twenty-four-year-old Jaha Dukureh successfully launched a petition asking the U.S. government to commission a report on female genital mutilation in the U.S.

Sign our petition and say religion is no excuse for abuse #HonorDiaries

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8. A woman in Sweden gave birth to the first baby born via a womb transplant.

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OK, it’s not exactly vagina news — but the uterus is connected to the vagina by the cervix, so, it counts.

9. Sex coach Kim Anami released a video about why you should lift weights with your vagina.

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Worth a watch, but do not attempt at home.

10. Scientists reported that four teenage girls successfully received lab-grown vaginas. / Via

One woman who had the procedure says she now feels like she can live a normal life.

11. New research shows that the G-spot may be more complicated than we thought.

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Instead of one specific spot, researchers have proposed the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex, which explains how multiple areas are stimulated at once to result in vaginal orgasms.

12. Shailene Woodley told Into the Gloss that she makes sure her vagina gets ample vitamin D.

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And yes, she means sun. "If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get," she told the site. "Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine." This is not based in any actual science, for the record.

13. Tina and Amy even made a vagina joke at Leonardo DiCaprio's expense during this year's Golden Globe Awards. / Via BuzzFeed

14. Broad City showed us that using your vagina to hide your weed can be a liberating experience for some.

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(Though probably definitely discouraged by gynecologists.)

15. Speaking of weed, a marijuana-infused lube was created to get your vagina high.

16. A urogynecologist developed a fancy new vibrator that uses low-level laser therapy to boost vaginal blood flow and arousal.

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It's called the Afterglow Intimate Massager, and it's available for $199, which seems pricey until you remember it's literally bringing pulsating lasers to your vag.

17. Research found that rates of genital warts in women are down thanks to HPV vaccines.

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18. And the FDA approved a new version of the HPV vaccine that protects against nine different strains of the virus responsible for most cervical cancers.

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19. Shonda Rhimes mentioned her vagina while accepting an award at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast.

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"I was born with a really awesome vagina, and I have really gorgeous brown skin."

Be sure to watch the full speech where she discusses breaking through glass ceilings in Hollywood in 2014. Her shout-out to her vagina (while awesome) isn't even the best part.

20. And Cameron Diaz encouraged women to get all up in there so they can get to know their privates.

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"We think the vagina is on the outside. I say grab a mirror and play along. Get in there," she said on Chelsea Lately. "Learn about it. You're supposed to treat it like the beautiful flower that is, the delicate flower that it is. And you're supposed to nurture it in all the ways that it needs nurturing."

21. But one woman took that way too far when she decided to stick a potato in her vagina and call it birth control.

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In case it's not obvious, this is a terrible, horrible, awful idea, and no one should ever do that.

22. BuzzFeedVideo asked men to explain the vagina.

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They did...all right.

23. And a new book called Gay Men Draw Vaginas came out, which is exactly what you think it is.

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Buy it here.

24. For anyone still confused, Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) taught us all about vagina (and vulva) anatomy in Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black.

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"Get to know your own chacha!"

25. One study found that the farther your clitoris is from your vagina, the harder it might be for you to orgasm from penetration alone.

26. A new company called Sweet Peach stirred up controversy when two startup bros said the supplement would help your vagina smell and taste sweeter.

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But the real founder of Sweet Peach — a 20-year-old woman named Audrey Hutchinson — came forward to clear it up. The budding company would actually design custom probiotics tailored to your unique vaginal microbiome, Hutchinson explained in an interview with Inc.

27. One brave writer volunteered her vagina for an experiment in arousal for an article in the December 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.

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Using a small glass probe called a photoplethysmograph, they measured her genital responses to certain situations to see how turned on she got by different things — and if that differed from what she said she was turned on by. (It did, sometimes.)

28. Generic versions of Plan B went over-the-counter, making it way cheaper to deal with a birth control fail.

29. Meanwhile, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended long-acting birth control methods like the IUD and implant as the best choices for teenagers to prevent pregnancy.

30. A New York City salon debuted a vagina facial.

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They call it "Gommage Therapy," and the fact that you have to call for details makes this seem like the speakeasy of vagina treatments.

31. And while it didn't break the internet, Kim Kardashian's mons pubis made an oily appearance inside her Paper magazine cover story.

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Happy Year of the Vagina, everyone!

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