Hottentot apron | definition of Hottentot apron by Medical dictionary
Excessive elongation of the labia minora seen in the Hottentot tribe of southern Africa which, when seen elsewhere, has been attributed to masturbation
Hottentot apron Excessive elongation of the labia minora seen in the Hottentot tribe of southern Africa, which when seen elsewhere has been attributed to masturbation.
Hottentot apron (hot'en-tot?) [ Hottentot, a southern African population]
An excessive elongation of the labia minora seen in Hottentot women. Synonym: velamen vulvae
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Concerning the labia minoria or the Hottentot apron
, "investigators of racial differences would spend the eighteen century debating its anatomical specifications, producing in the absence of actual evidence a variety of phantasmatic representations" (Wiegman, 1995, p.
Then he moves to a consideration of claims in Sparrman and others about the physical and sexual behaviour of the Hottentots: claims about self-mutilation by cutting off a joint on the fingers or toes, or semi-castration (II: 111); about the Hottentot Apron
(II: 112); and about incest (II: 112-16).