Lili Reinhart’s Autocorrect Joke Reminded Us All To Go To The Gyno
Lili Reinhart is back on Twitter, and she’s on a roll. This week, Lili’s given a much-deserved shout-out to the Fiji Water girl, alluded to watching artsy porn, and shared a $10-off link for Chipotle delivery. Her account should be preserved in the historical archives as a prime example of every seventeen to twenty-five-year-old in America right now. Lili’s latest hyper-relateable Tweet laments a pretty gross autocorrect fail:
My phone is changing “gyno” to “funk” and that’s kind of gross.
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) January 11, 2019
Did I laugh? Yes. But this Tweet is also a great reminder that we all need to go to the funk.
seriously, teenage girls are supposed to start going to the gyno between the ages of thirteen and fifteen according to GirlsHealth.gov. And if, like me, you procrastinated and for sure did not start going when you were fifteen, you should really go either once you turn eighteen or within two to three years of becoming sexually active. I know it’s like, “Why would I go to an OB/GYN if there’s literally nothing wrong?” but either you’re young enough that you’re still in the ‘considering sexual activity’ stage, meaning the gyno can be super helpful when it comes to understanding what’s normal for your body and safe sex practices (and not the watered-down, unhelpful version you get taught in health class) or you’re already sexually active and annual gyno appointments can make sure nothing weird is happening down there that you just haven’t noticed, like unexpected or unsymptomatic STIs. These people go to school for like a million years for a reason, they really know what’s up.
Lili tweeting about the gyno is awesome because by being so casual about taking care of her sexual health, Lili’s actually helping to destigmatize talking about our vaginal and sexual health. It shouldn’t feel weird to type out ‘vaginal health’ but let me tell you, it feels weird. Societally, women are rarely encouraged to speak out proudly about taking care of their sexual health needs, so Lili casually mentioning her gyno normalizes something that should be normal.
Lili being so cool and casual about her sexual health lines up pretty perfectly with her well-documented body positivity activism and her openness about mental health struggles. Lili isn’t one to shy away from awkward or difficult topics, and loving your body means loving ~all~ parts of your body. The Riverdale star spoke about her desire to change the conversation around women’s bodies for future generations at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit.
“I think about when I have kids in the future,” Lili said. “Will my daughter be self-conscious about gaining weight? Will she feel the need to explain her body or justify it to anyone as it changes? Will she feel that same need that I do now—to apologize to her peers and say, ‘My body doesn’t usually look like this,’ or ‘I’m just a little heavier than usual right now’? How utterly ridiculous is it that we even think about explaining the nature of our bodies to other people?”
Mad props to Lili for speaking her truth and being a wonderful role model, not just for her younger fans, but for anyone who’s struggled with not loving themselves for the badass, wonderful women they are.