Do you really know what you’re made of?

Do you really know what you’re made of?

The human body is a complex thing—composed of approximately 640 muscles, 260 bones, and 78 organs of which the average person knows very little about. Most of these body parts function instinctively on a daily basis and require very little attention so it seems to make sense that we might not know that the levator palpebrae muscle opens the eye or that the left parietal lobe is allowing you to read this. However, it’s humorous to discover that majority of adults also don’t know the basic anatomy of sexual organs even though these body parts are given tremendous attention.

Open dialogue within sexual education programs might foster more conversations about the basic anatomy, which could educate youth on the correct anatomical locations of body parts that are regularly encountered. Maybe then people will be able to identify that “cool cave” with “flaps” and a “bean,” or that the prostate isn’t a “pecan” nor is it “chewed up gum.”

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