Sweden is famous for its gender equality, which is why the sexperts behind the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), a nationwide non-profit organization that promotes positive attitudes toward sex, were surprised when they realized there is no slang term for female masturbation. (The equivalent male term, “runka,” has been around so long no one knows who started it or when.) “Women masturbate just like men do, so it needs to be talked about,” says Hedvig Nathorst-Böös, RFSU’s resident sex education advisor. “But how can we with no specific word for it?”After collecting some 1,200 suggestions—includi
Synopsis: Swedish sex education group runs a competition to find a name for female masturbation, with surprising (and comical) results.
Published in Marie Claire on February 16th 2015