This is the cover of the University of Sydney's Honi Soit magazine featuring 18 pictures of students' vulvas (everyone is talking about the "vagina" cover but it's really the "vulva" cover).
Lawyers for the university had copies of the issue pulled from campus because apparently publishing pictures of vulvas is a criminal offence under section 578 of the Crimes Act and punishable by up to 12 months in prison.
Editor-in-Chief, Hannah Ryan, wrote a lengthy Facebook post about the decision to take it down. “It’s disappointing,” she said. “We didn’t want anyone to go got jail.”
Most sites covering this story put black bars over the vulvas...whatever. Talk about the power of your sex organ - just putting an image of a real vulva out into the world is a crime.
Congratulations to these young women for having the courage to confront genital shame and share the beauty of their sex organs. It is the healing. The censorship you just experienced is bottom line of sexual repression.