Saturday, 30 March 2013

Female Genital Mutilation: No such thing as perfect Vagina

Despite the campaign against FGM, there seem to be a group of women who wants to change their genitalia.Well from breast surgery to lip surgery what else would be left untouched by the knife, but surely one’s genitalia, that is crazy

Lately it seems like everyone is obsessed with a topic which most women have probably wondered or even worried about at some stage in their lives: The appearance of the vagina.

I am sure that all women have experienced that moment when you catch a glimpse of your bits in a mirror and think “I wonder if this is what a vagina is supposed to look like”. Maybe not but if one has, it is actually a completely irrational thought. First of all, genitalia are odd looking. Whether it’s a penis or a vagina, they are proof that God has a sense of humour and he used it when creating our nether regions.

Secondly, there is no such thing as the perfect vagina. I can’t even imagine how you would go about deciding what the criteria for the ideal vagina would be. A discussion about the appropriate amount of pubic hair alone would probably take months. Not to mention the proportions of all the other bits and pieces.

 A friend told me she only recently made her peace with the way her lady garden looks. She used to want to have it as smooth as a baby’s bum and an unfortunate incident involving some poorly applied hair removal cream led to her first full-on confrontation with her vagina as an adult.
She said she was completely horrified. She was convinced that her labia minora was way too big and the labia majora not plump enough. Needless to say, she avoided looking at it until the hair grew back and did not allow anyone else to see it either.

These days, however, after a chat on the Female Genital mutilation issue, my friend frequently go for full bikini waxes and love how it looks. For her now it’s not about modifying her vagina, but rather a celebration of it. She no longer try to hide it behind hair the way you would try to hide an odd-looking house behind a pretty garden. It has helped her to accept a very intimate part of her anatomy. Ladies no vaginal mutilation for a man to like the way you look. Why go through the pain and expense?

That being said, I do believe that people who would resort to cosmetic surgery to permanently alter the way their bits look are out of their damn minds. Why would you allow someone to operate on you unless it is necessary? Sure, some women have real vaginal health issues like obstetric fistula that needs to be fixed, but trying to nip and tuck your way to the supposed ultimate vagina? Please.

Vaginas come in different shapes, sizes and colours. And thank goodness they do, because being a woman would be a lot less interesting if we all looked the same down below.


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