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‘Why are we afraid to say vagina?’: Myanmar learns to talk about sex

Burmese doctor is changing attitudes to women’s rights and sexual health

“There’s a hpou (a child’s toy), tayat ywa (mango leaf) and mout paung (sweets).” Pausing in her list of euphemisms, Dr Thet Su Htwe leans in to the microphone. “And even samosa,” she adds. At this, the rapt audience of young women gathered at her workshop shrieks and bursts into chatter.

“Why are we still afraid to say the word ‘vagina’?” the doctor asks finally.

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