It can help with body image anxiety. Now, her latest work puts vulvas and vaginas in the spotlight thanks to her new book Womanhood: The Bare Reality and forthcoming Channel 4 documentary: Vaginas. And when women share intimate photos and deeply personal experiences relating to their vaginas, the result is a tender yet taboo-exploding message of women reclaiming their womanhood. I think a part of me was shying away from that intimacy because I would have to address my own related experiences. The correct language and understanding of female genitalia is so important to me: the vulva is the whole external package, the vagina is a muscular tube which leads from the cervix the neck of the womb down to the vulva. Later, a BBC report about girls as young as nine seeking labiaplasty — surgery that involves the lips of the vagina being shortened or reshaped — because they were distressed by its appearance, had Laura reaching for her camera again. The key is not concentrating on the size or shape but whether it affects your physical or emotional wellbeing. She believes a cultural change amongst adolescents and young women, who now choose to remove or style the pubic hair, coupled with a lack of understanding about vulval anatomy, is fuelling the rise.
‘My vulva reminds me of a pink cupcake’: 28, no children
Learn more. When was the last time you looked at your vagina? Like, really looked at it? Real talk, looking at yourself while squatting over a mirror can feel weird. This is true in the sense that you have complete control over who or what you allow down there. For some people, the only info they get about what vulvas look like is from porn, which can give a very disillusioned sense of what's normal. The truth is that vulvas and vaginas come in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors and each one is unique. Some people have labia that hang down, some have clitorises that are barely visible but still powerfully pleasurable , some have a mix of brown and pink skin A normal vulva is a healthy vulva, not one that looks a certain way. Here at Lunette, we believe that everybody should take the time to get to know themselves and their body.
T owards the end of last year, I published an essay about my vulva — in a book, and then in the Guardian. I felt a deep sense of shame about my body, which over time became crippling. In a book and accompanying film for Channel 4, she tells the stories of women and gender non-conforming people through portraits of their vulvas. One was about female genital mutilation. Vulvas are rarely seen outside porn and childbirth, which Dodsworth puts down partly to their position on the body. Meanwhile there is a pervasive squeamishness about vulvas, which may be one factor behind the fact that, in England, cervical smear test rates are at their lowest for two decades. For many women, being photographed was the first time they had looked at this part of their body in close detail.
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