Naming Private Parts Nicknaming your partnerís privates isnít sillyóitís bonding. BY SARAH PIERCE
Clinical names for private parts just aren't sexy that's why so many couples make up names.
This may sound like a list of delicious snack foods, but itís actually a list of favorite nicknames for another kind of treat: a womanís vagina.
See? You probably just cringed (or snickered) a little at the word 'vagina', which is exactly why couples adopt nicknames for their partnerís nether regions.
"The main reason couples assign pet names is because there really are no good words. We donít want to say penis or vagina; thatís pretty clinical and not very romantic. And when we go to the other side of the spectrum, which is kind of our only choice, then we start getting into porn star mode," says psychologist and sex therapist Dr. Lori Buckley, Psy.D.
Porn star language includes all of the words weíve grown up to view as "dirty" or bad, which can sometimes be offending or uncomfortable for peopleóespecially when theyíre describing someone they love.
"When you think about the words we use for sex, they are also the same words we use for a lot of negative stuff," explains Dr. Buckley. "You donít necessarily want to say cock or cunt, because that doesnít sound very romantic. So we donít really have any great choices. Coming up with pet names serves two purposes: it makes it comfortable for both people, and itís bonding."
So what are some of these bonding terms of endearment? Hereís a list of some commonóand not so commonónicknames couples use. See where you fall on the list.