Before puberty, my vagina didn't have a care in the world. But once I hit fourteen, fifteen ... I just didn't know what the hell HAPPENED down there. It wasn't neat and tidy anymore. Even back then, any available public image of a vagina usually showed it looking beautiful.
My vagina wasn't beautiful :(
Now I've had some experience of guys before I met Dave, and the one thing I've noticed about all (cough) of them is, they didn't give a rats what my vagina looked like. They were just so damn happy to be in the game. But it still wasn't enough to make me feel better.
The photo above? Talk about diversity! Aren't they GLORIOUS? All different, but still the same. That image was *supposed* to be on the cover of the Sydney University newspaper Honi Soit, but the bigwigs got scared so it got censored, then pulled.
One of the editors of Honi Soit is Avani Dias. She explains why they did this vagina photoshoot:
"The reason why we did the vaginas specifically, was because they are quite stigmatised in society in general, and it was more about empowering women and showing that this is a real vagina and not the kind you see in porn or in sex scenes – and that was really the aim of it. It wasn’t really to do with causing a sensation. Actually, that’s another big complaint that we’ve had: that it’s just attention-seeking. Our defence of it is that this is for women, and the fact that so many people have been quite outspoken about it shows a lot about the impact that it’s had."
Even though those eighteen vaginas never properly made it to the cover, they certainly went viral. I'm so glad. The porn industry dictates no heavy bush, no visible vulva, no discrepancies. Just smooth, hairless, neat puss.
I declare vagina mutiny. Fucka neat puss.
I still feel weird about my vagina. But at least I don't feel like doing this to it anymore:
Further vag diversity: The Great Wall of Vagina
How's your vagina going?