Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘labiaplasty’

A friend of mine sent me the link to this wonderful site jam-packed full of documentaries. Old. New. Short. Long. Every topic you can imagine. One of the most popular docs at the moment, is ‘The Perfect Vagina’. I had to see what this perfect vagina was all about…

Turns out that loads upon loads of women are unhappy with the visual appearance of their vaginas, and are going for surgery to alter the shape/size of the inner labia, so it does not ‘hang’ below the outer labia. This procedure is known as labiaplasty, and as a business it has skyrocketed over the past few years. So a woman named Lisa Rogers decided to investigate the growing trend in the UK, where, according to “the British Medical Journal, they said the number of ‘labial reductions’ carried out in National Health Service hospitals had doubled to 800 a year over five years” (Reuters article).

The UK in fact, has deemed this recent rise in labiaplasty as a “demand for designer vaginas”. Really? DESIGNER VAGINAS. Just wait… wait for it… give it a few years… soon enough, Gucci will release their sketch/model for the PERFECT GUCCI VAGINA. You can buy, for the right price, a fully-certified Gucci-fied vagina! And guess what? You will even be able to choose the colour, size, and location of your Gucci tattoo (though it must appear somewhere on the vagina of course, because everyone who visits your lady-bits must be made aware that it is the product of Gucci).

Check out the documentary ‘The Perfect Vagina’. What do you think about this trend? Is it a tool of empowerment for women to gain a sense of confidence and control over their bodies and their sexuality? Or is it yet another tool designed by the patriarchal system for the male gaze to pressure women to perpetually slice and dice their bodies to achieve the highly-sexualized and idealized body of a 12-year-old girl?

Read Full Post »