labia

“Two Lessons”

“I’ve always liked my vagina and its ability to bring me pleasure, but I haven’t always embraced it. In my first years of sexual activity, I was embarrassed by its smell and would lather it in perfumed moisturiser before getting into bed with my boyfriend. Eventually, he asked me why I did this. When I explained my self-consciousness, he in turn explained that he liked the smell; it turned him on, big time. This was a revelation to me. Lesson: my vagina smells good.

Another revelation came on the big screen, thanks to an on camera tour by a gynaecologist. He was performing a colposcopy (removal of abnormal cells from the cervix) and offered to “give me a tour.” I agreed. He used the colposcope (a camera), to magnify my vagina and project it like a strange pink flower onto the television screen overhead. He did close-ups on the hood of my clitoris, my clitoris, my labia majora and minor, the vulva and the vagina itself. I was mortified – my vagina, blown up on TV! – but the two female nurses just looked bored. Lesson: my vagina is no big deal.”

Vanessa M

 

“Blooming Vulva Birds”

“It was synchronistic that Philip should invite me to be a part of his project a week after being inspired myself to start creating large mobile “Blooming Vulva Birds”, after a friend told me a story about her friend who had to have labioplasty surgery performed due to extraordinarily long labia lips which got caught in her underwear elastic and caused great discomfort.

I had the idea to create these flying vaginas, with the labia lips as wings, and wanted to promote the beauty of the vagina as it is in response to the disturbing number of young girls choosing to have labioplasty surgery done to them due to distorted perceptions about their own vaginal lips. I find this horrifying and strange that girls with normal looking vaginas are thinking like anorexics do about their labia.

So, it was certainly good timing that Philip called on me to participate in this project, and I am happy to contribute my own vagina as it is, if it will help to promote healthy perceptions of this part of womens self-image.”

Philippa