In writing M/F, F/M or F/F erotic romance, at some point you might need a word for vagina. What’s wrong with the “v-word?” I don’t know, but there’s something about it that sends you from sexy to junior high health class.
There are hundreds (even thousands) of synonyms for vagina, but only a fraction that are appropriate in an erotic romance. I suspect most were coined by young males under the influence of a lot of beer. Cock socket, penis eater, penis penitentiary, bullet wound, oval office, might be amusing, but they don’t have the right tone for a sexy romance. On the internet you can find many lists with words like that. Here’s one:
[August, 7, 2016 update: The list has been removed because it is now included and published in Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus, available in ebook and print on Amazon and BN.com.]
I don’t have hundreds on my list, because I’ve culled the herd to those that are appropriate. These are words I’ve used, have seen in other authors’ books, and have supplemented with a little internet research.
In choosing a synonym or euphemism, keep in mind the context, tone, and genre of your story. Two women discussing a Brazilian wax might use the word vajayjay—a man never would. What works in BDSM erotica would never fly in a sensual historical romance. And often, due to context, you don’t need to mention a specific word at all. To say, “he entered her” is clear.
Also, the context of your particular story might allow you to create a euphemism that while sounding ridiculous in another work, would be perfect for that specific story. For instance, if your characters were environmentalists, you could conceivably use the word “wetlands.” If they were spelunkers, “cave” might come up.
Finally, note that the overall all “vagina list” incudes some anatomical structures that are not direct synonyms, but are in the vicinity (such as labia).
I’ve added the list to my Spanking Thesaurus (located just under the blog headers). You can also access it through this link:
Did I miss any? What words do you use that aren’t on this list?