A word on language

People use different words to talk about their bodies and their genitals. Using language that feels right to name our bodies can be affirming and empowering.

This guide uses medical words, such as vagina, anus and penis, to describe genitals. Some people may use other words, such as private parts, dick, ass and front hole.

CATIE acknowledges and respects that people use words that they are most comfortable with. Use what feels right and respectful to you and your partners.