“What’s Up Down There?”

September 24, 2010

This week, I came across a diamond of a book titled “What’s Up Down There: Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend” that is seconds away from it’s BIG launch. The author, Dr. Lissa Rankin MD is a sassy gynecologist, artist and womens’ wellness care provider. Of course, I pre-ordered the book and immediately contacted Lissa that day. I also realized that the picture on the cover has a mirror over the pubes of the illustrated female figure. I shared peeka-bu with her and we bonded over email immediately. On a personal level, she is super cool, but the reasons Dr. Lissa Rankin is my new She-Hero go far beyond my words.

For some, a lot more that you’d ever imagine.

I read this excerpt on Amazon.com and was bubbling up with tears of laughter and compassion. Rankin tells a story about an emergency room run for a woman named Mildred, who is notorious for using her vagina like a purse, literally. “She then proceeded to pull down her pants and began yanking things out of her vagina like it was Mary Poppins’ magic carpet bag (or, in this case, carpet box). There was a plastic baggie of pills, a wad of bills a tube of lipstick, a pen. Half expecting Mildred to pull out a red scarf that magically turns into a bouquet of flowers, I was on the verge of busting out laughing when I suddenly realized that there was something very wrong with this picture.”

What was wrong with it is that Lissa recognized this woman went through some tragic experiences at a young age that made her hate her lady parts enough to use them for a completely different purpose. Sure, it’s an extreme example, and sounds like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but you get the point. The time is now to stop shutting off from essential parts of who we are and learn to tools to help us create a more loving relationship with all areas of our bodies.

What are you going to do today to take this step? Are there parts that you feel uncomfortable with and could treat better? I invite you to do some investigation–and share this with your friends! I know what I am going to do. I’m going to read the rest of this book.




8 Responses to ““What’s Up Down There?””

  1. Dana Says:


    Great review! I have to say I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the book (as Lissa’s business partner at http://www.owningpink.com) and the tone you fell in love with is all through the book. I think you’ll love the rest of it too. Thanks for sharing the love!


    • peekabu9 Says:

      Thanks Dana! That’s so cool you are at the forefront of all this.
      Nice work:) I am excited for the rest…

  2. Lissa, Owning Pink, & What’s Up Down There are a new find for me as well. Love it!! Love her!! I, too, pre-ordered the book and that is exactly what I’m doing next as well .. =)

    Glad to have found your site!!

  3. Dr. Abraham Says:

    Great Review Sarah! Dr. Lissa Rankin is the thermometer of our cultural sensivity about body and sex pschicology!

  4. Mel Says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. I’ve been reading the excerpts on Owning Pink and can tell that it will be right up my alley. It doesn’t hurt that I love Lissa. But… laughter AND tears in one book is the best mix for me.

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