I still looked blank, and eventually she said, “The gentleman’s entrance!‘
The sex therapist said that summed up Irishwomen’s attitude to sex. But at least she had a name for it.
–Dr. Emer Keeling, GP, interviewed in the _Sunday Independent_, 15 Feb 2004
She’s right. We are prudes, for all our fondness for swearing. When my sister first moved in with the step-toddlers in Ottawa, we were startled to hear them in the bath calmly discussing each others bits in the grown-up terms that still make Irish adults stutter.
Why? What did you call genitalia at that age? asked their father.
We didnt call it anything! I hissed. “We didnt talk about it!”
“It was all called ‘bottom’. We didn’t make any distinctions beyond that,” said Claire. “We didn’t know there were any distinctions to be made.”
Daddy, said Aidan thoughtfully, does Car have a bagina or a teenis?