The reason I was looking round for an alternative to “pudendal” is that “pudendal” associates having genitals with being “shameful”. That is, it’s a word for “exterior genitals” derived from the Latin for “shameful”.
It’s surprising that modern anatomists still use the word. But they do.
The reason we have this word, in modern anatomy, is something I’ll talk about in a couple of later posts.
In the meantime, I’m going to use the standard anatomical term, “sub-pudendal”. Because if you do pay attention to the origin of that word, you can express contempt for the people who had such contempt for the genitals, especially those of women.
So take it as two fingers waved in the general directions of some ancient puritans who didn’t like sensitive skin.