When I first saw a few tweets about a woman using her vaginal yeast to make a batch of homemade bread, I immediately dismissed it as a joke, because…eewww. But apparently it actually happened, and according to Women’s Health Mag she’s a “feminist hero.”
It all started after blogger Zoe Stavri got a pretty bad yeast infection and woke up with an “itchy burny fanny.” Instead of riding it out like millions of women before her, Stavri decided to get crafty and see if she could turn lemons into lemonade, or rather, a yeast infection into fresh backed batch of sourdough bread.
“I got curious, and the next thing that happened was I was scraping white goop off of a dildo into a bowl of flour mixed with water,” Stavri wrote on her blog Another Angry Woman.
While several folks have called bullshit on Stavri’s argument that “yeast is yeast” so people shouldn’t be creeped out by her using the results of her infection to bake bread, others think the backlash to her little experiment is sexist.
“It probably doesn’t matter that my sourdough may or may not contain any actual vaginal yeast,” Stavri wrote. “The very idea of it seems to horrify people more than enough. I suppose it’s a similar socially constructed disgust that leaves a whole bunch of people repulsed by the idea of licking a pussy. Even the mere idea of a tiny trace of pussy in a massive loaf of bread is sufficiently vile.”
Women’s Health is totally feeling Stavri’s POV, too.
True—there’s no doubt that a certain type of man (definitely that uncle of yours) would be disgusted by this recipe. Which is why it’s so important for every woman to keep it in her back pocket!
Listen, while I’m all for body positivity and women loving their vagina, some things just ain’t cool. And this, right here, is definitely one of them.
There’s a huge difference between engaging in oral sex with your partner (which you don’t even do if you have a raging yeast infection) and scraping your sex toys to help your batch of bread rise a little higher; just like there’s a huge difference between whatever the hell this woman did and actual and factual feminism.
While Stavri may indeed be a feminist, this shit right here doesn’t make her a hero. It’s just plain ol’ nasty.