10/13/2010 05:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why Are Family Jewels Just for Men?

Last night I was reading Tin Tin to our oldest boy and when a character had lost some jewels he could not contain himself. "Jewels" he yelled hysterically, "Family jewels!" My boys love nothing more than talking about their man parts and alternate names for them, and they're certainly not the only ones. But girls are a different story, aren't they?

For us, the word for the very thing that defines our women-ness, the one thing we all share, is taboo. An OBGYN can't say the word vagina on the radio station owned by the third most powerful woman on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list. Dr. Lissa Rankin even got bleeped for saying "coochie"! A Kotex ad was banned by three networks for using the word vagina and two networks still banned the ad when Kotex changed the language to "down there."

Summer's Eve can tell us we need to wash our vaginas to get a raise: