Vulva and vagina are the same thing!.. Uhm nope. You didn’t know that eit­her? Well then wel­come to the club. This rea­liz­a­tion occur­red to us, TaniaSteffi, when we were 24 and 28 years old. Now we are already one big year older. But that doesn’t change the fact that we are two – sup­po­sedly – grown up young cis women. “Sup­po­sedly” because we have been in this body for 25 and 29 years, respec­tively, and are always mar­ve­ling at new insights. But why is that so? If we start thin­king about where the pro­blem might lie, we both immedia­tely think of sex edu­ca­tion in school.

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Photo Credits: Rosi Offen­bach for OH WOMAN

Sex education at school must be modernized

Right before the start of sum­mer break, in 5th grade there are 2 school les­sons for sex edu­ca­tion. In front of us, a mixed group of stu­dents, is our bio­logy tea­cher, who is hea­vily swea­ting. He exp­lains to us how the penis needs to be inser­ted into the vagina in order to con­ceive a child. With pro­fes­sio­nally cor­rect and super ‘dry’ (haha ;)) terms of course. As the class gig­gles and beco­mes more and more unsett­led, our bio­logy tea­cher is “brave” enough to use the word SEX ins­tead of inter­course – the class laughs out loud.

At the end of the two les­sons, our bio­logy tea­cher says: ‘I’m going to put some small packa­ges here. Anyone who wants to, may take one.’ What he didn’t tell us is that these are packa­ges with period pro­ducts. As a result, all the boys ran quickly to the front. They grab­bed the packa­ges and threw tam­pons soa­ked with water around the classroom. 

Shame and silence reinforce self-doubt

When we both recal­led these memo­ries, it was very clear to us: If this is the first expe­ri­ence with infor­ma­tion about our body and espe­cially about peri­ods, it is no sur­prise that we do not engage with it more and deeper. We remem­ber the sub­ject as some­thing unplea­sant. A topic that one does not talk about – because other­wise there will be laugh­ter. Alt­hough every per­son has a body and half of all people world­wide mens­truate, in other words it’s some­thing very natu­ral, we only talk about it with a cer­tain degree of shame … or sim­ply not at all. And this shame and silence leads to igno­rance, which only incre­a­ses self-doubt.

Early sex education is key – a game the solution

Espe­cially in our youth, where ever­ything chan­ges and we are stron­gly influ­en­ced by our envi­ron­ment and other’s opi­ni­ons, we, Tania & Steffi, are con­vin­ced that it is essen­tial to teach teen­agers about their bodies. The soo­ner they have know­ledge about their own body, the more self-con­fi­dent teen­agers can grow up. And the more openly they will talk about it as adults – and with every genera­tion that fol­lows, the taboo will gra­du­ally disap­pear from the scene – in the best case. That’s why we crea­ted OH WOMAN®: A game for sex edu­ca­tion about the female body and peri­ods.

Playfully learn more about your own body with OH WOMAN®

In gene­ral, the pur­pose of the games is to have fun and relax tog­e­ther with other peole – be it friends, family or col­leagues. It crea­tes a rela­xed atmo­s­phere. And with it the per­fect safe space to talk about topics that are uncom­for­ta­ble for many people. In addi­tion, OH WOMAN® is an ana­log game for two people. This means that ever­yone has a chance to say some­thing. No one is ‘oppres­sed’ by group dyna­mics. We not only lear­ning some­thing, but it will create oppor­tu­nities for fur­ther conversations. 

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Photo Credits: Rosi Offen­bach for OH WOMAN

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Knowledge as a driver for a confident generation

Our grea­test wish is that future genera­ti­ons will no lon­ger feel asha­med of their bodies – and ever­ything that comes with it. But that they will accept them­sel­ves as they are and be proud of it. We are con­vin­ced that know­ledge gives them this (‘self’) assurance. And thus inci­dent­ally dis­mant­les myths and remo­ves the taboo about peri­ods and (female) sexua­lity! In this spi­rit: Let the period begin.

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Photo Credits Lisa Hantke for OH WOMAN 

Infobox about the game: 

OH WOMAN® is a Ger­man game that over­co­mes com­mon myths about peri­ods and the female body and pro­vi­des facts. The game is inten­ded to give child­ren from the age of 10 years the oppor­tu­nity for a posi­tive sex edu­ca­tion about peri­ods and the female body – without any shame. From August 24 to Octo­ber 18, 2020, they ran a crowd­fun­ding cam­paign on Start­next, which has now been suc­cess­fully com­ple­ted. So now the real work is just begin­ning. From the begin­ning of 2021 the game OH WOMAN® will be offi­cially avail­able for purchase at www.ohwoman.de – first in only in Ger­man, but an Eng­lish trans­la­tion is plan­ned. The web­site allows you to regis­ter for a news­let­ter to receive infor­ma­tion about the launch before the gene­ral public. With every game sold, they sup­port the Ger­man non-pro­fit orga­niz­a­tion peri­oden­sys­tem to pro­vide mens­trua­ting people in need with period products.

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Steffi & Tania 
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Steffi Renz (25) and Tania Hernán­dez (29) are the two owners of the design stu­dio what the fish®. They both live and work in Munich, Ger­many. During the lock­down they deve­lo­ped the idea for the empowe­ring edu­ca­tio­nal game OH WOMAN®.