Why Indian Parents Need to Stop Saying “Susu” or “Weewee” and Teach Children Actual Names of Private Parts

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Why Indian Parents Need to Stop Saying “Susu” or “Weewee” and Teach Children Actual Names of Private Parts

Illustration: Akshita Monga

M

y parents often regale me with stories about my childhood. At my first school interview, when my very Catholic principal asked me if I could sing, I promptly got up from my seat, and started crooning and dancing to “Bole Chudiyan”. Needless to say, my quintessential Bengali parents, who had taught me Rabindrasangeet lest such a situation arise, were horrified.

I am also told by my parents that I was excellent at naming all the different parts of the human body when their pictures were shown to me. But how could that be true? I wouldn’t know what to call the genitalia. Because like all “good” Indian parents, mine never taught me anything about my private parts – neither the name, nor the functions, nor health habits related to them.

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