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April 9, 2010 in Uncategorized | Tags: censorship, intertubes, labiaplasty, on being a woman, photography, vagina envy
The ABC documentary on how censorship is making a generation of women cut off their lady bits.
Warning: this is totally fucked. You should watch it, but it may emotionally scar you irrevocably .
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April 9, 2010 at 6:41 am
This would all be academic if some of these women had HAIR 😛
April 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm
Oooooooh! You quite probably haven’t seen it, but I have ALL of my body hair. It’s all now fully grown out 🙂
April 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm
That is so wrong on so many levels right their. For society to say that women who don’t have their labia in a curtain way is abnormal is wrong and frankly need to get their heads checked out and read an Anatomy and physiology book before they comment on something.
April 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm
I saw this segment when it first aired on Hungry Beast. I thought the team did a great job on handling the topic, albeit in a short story. When I first entered puberty, I was absolutely sure that I WAS NOT NORMAL because my labia didn’t look like what I saw in porn mags. Throw in all the other insecurities and craziness of teenage life and you’ll end up with a confused young woman. I’m glad to see that this video has made it over such a large number of websites.
April 12, 2010 at 2:59 am
It’s messed up. It bothers me young girls are stressing about the appearance of their genitals on top of everything that’s going on as a teenager.
It really really bothers me that such huge numbers of women feel they dislike the appearance of their vulva enough to take such dramatic surgical measures.
April 12, 2010 at 10:24 am
And it’s not just problematic that women only see a certain type of vulva it’s that men do also. As much as we’d like to think it isn’t the case, the men we are intimate with, especially as teenagers often have an influence on the way we see our bodies. I know a woman who seriously considered this operation after being teased about her large labia by various stupid jerks. It took many years for her to feel confident about her lady parts again.
Alkyone, I like your sentiment but you’re a little off, labia is often still very visible with a lovely full bush even in the positions shown in this documentary (standing with the legs a little apart).
Thanks for this video yeahbutno!
April 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm
I once made a girlfriend of mine cry by referencing large labia in a conversation about my vagina envy.
Just talking about labia made her break down. I felt so bad… Why would anyone want a woman to feel so bad about something that is so beautiful?
April 21, 2010 at 7:17 am
I feel so bad for woman, especially young woman, that the “shape” of the enlarged labia is being held as a model. As a male I find it extremely exciting that all women are different. No two erect male penises look the same so why should female labia? I personally love labia in any of their fullest states. It’s unique to each woman just as a penis is to each man!
April 28, 2010 at 3:14 am
It just seems like common sense doesn’t it?!
April 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm
Thank you for posting this! This changed the way I see myself and my body dramatically.
April 28, 2010 at 3:13 am
That’s awesome to hear 🙂
April 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm
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April 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm
This “requirement” leads to a slippery slope of infantalization of women. That our labia are only acceptable if they appear virginal, with the clitoris totally obscured from view.
In America, full frontal nudity is only allowed in flat out porn mags. Many women apparently either have this surgery, are airbrushed, or “tuck” their lips in. Few women just “let it all hang out” any more, and it’s a shame. The homogenization of porn to men with large members and women who look like 12 year olds leads to boredom. Even in fetish and more edgy mags, the models are primped and pruned beyond the norm.
Happily, my mate is healthy and would agree with Hank. Viva la difference!
I photograph nude women pretty much every week as part of my job. In one way or another every woman I photograph has something about herself she is unhappy with, but the levels to what it is about themselves they don’t like and how able to rationalise this they are vary greatly.
It guts me when it’s a 19, 20 or 21 year old that obviously hates everything about the skin they’re in… But through doing some nude work they are trying to break the mould of self loathing. These shoots and these girls are exhausting in the extreme, but if in a couple of hours naked with me I can produce something really beautiful I don’t care if I walk away mentally reamed.
I’m a size 16 and I’m also on the size I photograph for and always make this clear to my contributor from the outset – you would be surprised just how much this information helps…
Why do you think anyone outside the norm in mainstream porn makes a killing? Sasha Grey is in such high demand and it’s because she is fucking hot as, but hullalujiah, is actually a very different looking lady to the usual porn cookie cutter mainstream ‘look’.
Viva la difference indeed!
June 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm
This story could never air in the United States–U.S. women will never get this information. Americafghanistan for the win. 😦
July 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm
I would like, just for some diversity of opinion, to share my response to this issue of cosmetic labia surgery…
I think that it is definitely a shame that women feel inferior next to the airbrushed ideals that are presented through soft porn magazines. A great solution to this, and any other insecurities that are cultivated by media sources, is education and information. This video is a prime example of that, and it is hoped that females would have access to alternate discourses on the aesthetics of the vulva, and that their doctors would also discourage them from turning to surgery out of insecurity or social pressure.
This doesn’t mean however that all labiaplasty should be condemned however. I myself underwent this procedure at age 15, and I had never seen a porn magazine in my life. It is up to the individual whether they perceive the benefits of surgery to outweigh the risks, and I am confident that I made the right decision in this respect. I was young, so the healing process was manageable and I was delighted with the results. We modify our bodies in other ways (haircuts, make up etc) so why should low-risk surgery so ideologically repulsive?
The drama of ‘sacrificing sexually sensitive skin’ sounds slightly conservative to me… I rejoice in the higher libido gained through the pride I have in my genital appearance, and am certainly happy that I don’t have an over-long labia getting in the way of sexual activity.
To get even more contentious/abstract, I believe that it is a valuable part of human nature to alter our bodies and the world around us in an empowered way, taking control of our world and fulfilling our potential.
Would love to hear your thoughts, and thank you for a stimulating post.
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