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Eurotophobia is the aversion to or dislike of female genitalia.[1][2]



A term whose meaning is synonymous with eurotophobia is kolpophobia;[3] however; the scope of kolpophobia can sometimes be broader, allowing for the inclusion of all sex organs.[4] Although eurotophobia does not have an interlingual classical compound, kolpophobia has a Greek etymological derivation with the prefix kolpo meaning a fold that usually alludes to the vulva.[5] Eurotophobia is a hyponym of genitophobia.[6] On the other hand, the term vaginaphobia is used to denote fear of female genitals in the context of sexual orientation.[7] The male counterpart that analogously corresponds with this condition is called phallophobia.[3]


Such an exhibit of detestation for the female genitalia can originate from some innate inherency, or learned from frequent denunciations of one's aesthetic appearance and aberrating comments during childhood.[8] Sometimes eurotophobia is a spin-off of aversion to perceived by-products of the female genitalia, such as discharge or mucus.[9] The condition can manifest itself in both men and women and is at times triggered by some strenuous event. This phenomenon has also been observed in medical students, particularly those in the field of obstetrics, at times leading to dropping out.[10] According to the online Romanian women's magazine Ele, the appropriation of this condition by women may lead to various symptoms including depression and self-harm and that it originates from a highly prudish and puritanical upbringing.[11] Other explanations posit the transmission of urban legends such as vagina dentata or Freudian concepts such as castration anxiety.[12][13] Eurotophobes may also have developed their condition after being molested by an adult female.[14]


Although an average individual may have an aversion to particular bodyparts, the hallmark of eurotophobia is that it exceeds the disinclinations shown by most people, and is a trait that can inauspiciously affect both men and women.[15] The condition is sometimes linked to erotophobia and can affect an individual's confidence in social and professional interactions.[8] The condition can emanate from both a direct antipathy, to a woman's vicarious perception of what others, such as a spouse, might think of her vulva. Symptoms include anxiety, inhibition, distractions, anaphrodisia and an inability to construct a romantic relationship.[8] People with such inclinations may express a compounded desire to substitute audible mentions of the vulva with euphemisms.[16] The extent of the condition varies from person to person, with some feeling a sense of repulsion, others reacting only once evoked, avoidance of thinking about female sex organs[17] or a sense of deep fear.[18] Eurotophobia has also been given an account by Planned Parenthood in the lexicon section of their publications.[19] Rather than being an anomaly, some historical works point to cultures wherein eurotophobic behavior was mainstream, such as those where couples would avoid copulating in illuminated areas to ensure the vulva remained out of sight.[20] Fear or embarrassment while discussing the vagina manifests itself in some women with health problems, which may impede diagnosing or tackling certain medical conditions.[21]

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  1. ^ Basavanna, M (2000). Dictionary of Psychology. p. 136.
  2. ^ Bullough, Bonnie (2014). Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia. p. 626. ISBN 9781135825096.
  3. ^ a b Doctor, Ronald Manual (2010). The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, Third Edition. p. 251.
  4. ^ Davidson, Michele (2012). A Nurse's Guide to Women's Mental Health. p. 209. ISBN 9780826171139.
  5. ^ Waters, Richard (2004). Phobias: Revealed and Explained. p. 106.
  6. ^ Kent, Fraser (1977). Nothing to Fear: Coping With Phobias. p. 184.
  7. ^ American Journal of Psychotherapy - Volume 25. 1971. p. 657.
  8. ^ a b c Ruben, Douglas (2001). Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Behavioral Approach. p. 87.
  9. ^ Gibellini, Pietro (2015). Sex in Belli's Rome: Eros, Social Groups and Religion. p. 59.
  10. ^ "Kenapa Sih Ada Pria yang Justru Ketakutan saat Melihat Kelamin Wanita?". Tribun Lampung. 2014-12-25. mengapa ini masih menjadi masalah bagi laki-laki dan perempuan ... seorang dokter baru merasa takut melihat kelamin perempuan ketika mereka bekerja melalui rotasi kebidanan ... Tapi fakta menunjukkan beberapa calon dokter akan berhenti sekolah medis jika mengalami masalah ini.
  11. ^ "Cele mai ciudate fobii sexuale". femeile care nu-si pot controla aceasta frica au tendinta de a-si mutila organele genitale, ceea ce poate duce la nasterea unui copil cu probleme, durere la urinare sau probleme legate de menstruatie ... "Eurotophobia" poate fi legata de educatia primita in copilarie, in familii severe, pentru care organul sexual este considerat a fi ceva "murdar".
  12. ^ Dudy, Mary (2013). The Moral Panics of Sexuality. p. 29. ISBN 9781137353177.
  13. ^ Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, Volume 5. 1998. p. 252.
  14. ^ Faller, Kathleen Coulborn. "The Causes of Sexual Abuse." Child Sexual Abuse. Macmillan Education UK, 1988. 89-115.
  15. ^ Robertson, John G (2003). An Excess of Phobias and Manias. p. 82.
  16. ^ Iva Cheung (6 November 2015). "Where did the word cooties come from?". Slate Magazine. Snapping turtle began to be used in the South as a eurotophobic euphemism for vagina, and cooter eventually took on the same meaning
  17. ^ Denise Ngo (23 March 2015). "12 Crazy Phobias That Make Sex Sound Terrifying".
  18. ^ "9 Fobia Seksual yang Bikin Orang Takut dengan Hubungan Intim".
  19. ^ " | Planned Parenthood's Website "Glossary" - Fake Science, Phobias, and Sexually Obsessive Definitions".
  20. ^ Fahs, Breanne. "Genital panics: Constructing the vagina in women's qualitative narratives about pubic hair, menstrual sex, and vaginal self-image." Body image 11.3 (2014): 210-218
  21. ^ Lodge, Nicholas; Mallett, Jane; Blake, Peter; Msc, Ian Fryatt (1997). "A study to ascertain gynaecological patients' perceived levels of embarrassment with physical and psychological care given by female and male nurses". Journal of Advanced Nursing. 25 (5): 893–907. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.1997025893.x.