Women Who Hate Their Vaginas
November 25, 2011
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by Sarah Treleaven
Apparently, a lot of women with perfectly good vaginas have a big problem with them.
According to a recent study, as reported by Zosia Bielski in the Globe & Mail — ‘Women pursue labioplasty even when they’re ‘normal’ down there: study’ — women are increasingly looking to corrective vaginal surgery even when there’s nothing to correct.
The study involved 33 women who requested labial reduction surgery, and the majority requested the surgery for cosmetic reasons. Writes Bielski: “Asked why they had become dissatisfied with their genitals, the women spoke of an ‘increasing self-awareness of the genital area,’ comments from a partner, TV shows that mentioned the surgery and physical discomfort. 15 per cent of the women first became unhappy with their labia while not yet 10 years old; 30 per cent reported discontent between 11 and 15.”
Continues Bielski: “Dr. Tiefer said the push for smaller labia –- a.k.a. ‘designer vaginas’ –- appeared in the late 1990s. Between the prevalence of waxing and Internet pornography, ‘There’s a whole cascade of events and trends that have made the vulva more visible.’ She believes the rise in labioplasty is the latest turn in a ‘cultural disease of self-consciousness… The normal range [of labias] is very broad –- that’s the key point in this situation. Nature loves diversity. The attempt to create some ideal and then pass it off as normal is anti-normal.'”
Some women are always looking for new parts of their body to loathe for no good reason, so I guess this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Plus, wherever a woman has anxiety, there’s someone there to make some money off of it. But it’s a shame that many women can’t make peace with a body part that’s healthy and functional, instead carving themselves up into grid of self-improvement projects.
So what do you think? Would you ever have cosmetic surgery on your vagina?