5 of the strangest myths about women’s bodies

It’s hard to believe that people actually thought these things.


People in the past had some very strange ideas of how the female body worked.

From lady parts with teeth to the idea that if women were educated they’d have poor digestion, here are some of the weirdest myths that have existed about the female body.


1.Vagina Dentata

That is the Latin term of a toothed vagina. Yup, in the past a number of myths surrounded the idea of lady parts that were armed with sharp teeth.  There was even a film in 2007, Teeth, that played on this old myth.

2. Rotten blood

At one time, there was the believe that the purpose of menstruation was to get rid of rotten blood in a woman’s body, therefore keeping her healthy.  Those who believed this idea thought that the blood was poisonous would contaminate anything it came into contact with. There was a real fear of a woman on her period. Pliny the Elder, a Roman author and philosopher, claimed that even a look from a menstruating woman will “dim the brightness of mirrors, blunt the edge of steel, and take away the polish from ivory.”


3. Education leads to poor digestion

In the 1800s, one educator put forth the theory that if a young woman dedicated energy to studies it would deprive her reproductive organs of the necessary “flow to power” and higher education would create women with “monstrous brains and puny bodies … [and] abnormally weak digestion.” Hmmm…


4. Wondering womb

The famous Greek philosopher Plato described a woman’s womb as a little animal with a mind of its own that wanders throughout a her body, “blocking passages, obstructing breathing, and causing disease.”


5. Driving is a danger to women’s health 

The strange ideas about the female body haven’t been limited to the distant past, just two years ago in September 2013, a Saudi cleric claimed that ‘studies’ showed that driving could damage a woman’s ovaries and displace their pelvises.