Sweden thinks you need a special word for female masturbation

Plus: Gendered things we never knew we needed (and probably don't)

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This week, Sweden rolled out a new word for female masturbation, klittra, a portmanteau that combines the words clitoris and glitter. And we have some feelings about it. And questions!

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Like, 1) Is it really necessary to girlify the word?  2) Was the original not sufficient?  3) Does Sweden have the world’s most fluid dictionary? (Remember, this is the country that gave us the third, gender neutral pronoun ‘hen’.) 4) Why glitter? Does the act of self-pleasuring really need to be bedazzled?  5) And is glitter really the first thing the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education thinks of when discussing it? 

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It's a cringe-y word to say the least, and one that brings back shiny, pink memories of other things that have gotten gendered in the name of appealing to women. 

Lady Hammers

Because tools look best when they match our outfits?

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Lady razors

Seems redundant, considering roughly 30% of us are using the ones made for men.

Women’s tea

It’s got orange peels, cinnamon pieces, fennel, licorice roots, cardamom and more — all things that men are apparently allergic to.

Pink hunting gear

Because the game and wildlife need to know what gender you are, of course.

Lady guitars

And because this one isn’t feminine enough, it’s called Daisy and has glitter!

Lady cigarettes

Saved this one for last, because the press copy sums it up so eloquently: ‘Women were and will be always appreciated! This is the main cause why SPS Cigaronne manufactured Lady Cigarettes. Tobacco product so waited by the women, Lady Cigs, was created especially for ladies who have their own preferences and efforts to achieve their desires. The pack design and filter of this brand are also special and amazing. The predominant colors of Lady Cigs packs are Pink and Green, depending on the women characters.’

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