Labiaplasty & How Censorship Has Skewed Our Notion of What Normal Genitals Look Like

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 08:26
Submitted by Carlin Ross

It's hard to believe. I cried. I want our genital art gallery back.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Sun, 03/07/2010 - 09:20
Ell (not verified)

Unbearable to watch! I've been writing about this since 2004 - am grateful the Hungry Beast took up the topic. Both my 2004 blog posts mentioned Betty's galleries with great fondness and appreciation.



Sun, 03/07/2010 - 09:59
Taryn (not verified)

I have an offensive vulva!

It is a shame. It is the one part of the body which women never see, which makes us vulnerable to insecurity.

All pussy's are beautiful :(

All Vaginas are beautiful tucked and un-tucked.

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 11:39
Allister (not verified)

It is sad really. How do girls/women know what a "normal" vagina (vulva) look like. Most women don't talk about their vulval ascetics I am sure their mothers, grandmothers and aunts show their daughters, nieces and granddaughters their vulvas during the normal process of knowledge transfer as all women should (showing their un-augmented selves). With the increase of augmented vulvas pretty soon there will be no more normal. That will not be good. May be as a hetero guy being un-augmented should be a requirement in my future mate. Huh. Love the vulva you were born with..

This IS so hard to

Sun, 03/07/2010 - 15:28
girlfriday (not verified)

This IS so hard to believe....and so sad. After the recent labiaplasty documentary, I got curious. I asked many of my friends (all mid-40s) if they had ever given any thought to the size/shape of their labia (labiae?). Anyway, the vast majority hadn't. I certainly hadn't.

In fact, it wasn't until I first saw the genital art gallery that I realized the variety of shapes and sizes. On inspection, I decided that mine was on the longish side, and uneven. I pointed this out to my husband of 14 years, and he said he had NEVER NOTICED or even thought about it!!

I can't help but think that it IS the result of the porn industry and digital manipulation by the print media. Sad that young women have yet another thing to be self-conscious about. Never thought I would be grateful for cellulite!!

Every woman should know this

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Sun, 03/07/2010 - 23:27

I never thought women's vaginas varied not until very recently. The only other woman I saw naked besides myself was my mother and she surprisingly didn't differ from the nude magazines and neither have I. I had no clue that there was so many varieties and woman had surgeries to fit a specific shape. I think all girls should be told about this early on.

I'm gonna go microwave a bagel and have sex with it.


Mon, 03/08/2010 - 16:00

I can't believe other women are doing this. This is such a mans world still, and I don't mean that to sound hateful, but everything we do or strive to do has some sort of implication to what is acceptable to a man! I love the way my vagina looks and for any women who have never looked at themselves, I suggest you get a mirror and sit down, legs spread and expore what your girlie parts look like. Like a penis, every vagina is different. They few women who I've had sex with each had a different looking pussy than mine and that's what was so neat. We were exploring the differences between us, yet celebrating the similarities of being young free spirited women. My room mate had extra large labia that hung out past her bush (which was the biggest pubis triangle I ever saw). She had no trouble achieving orgasm, she didn't have a funny "Smell", it was just another unique peice of artwork. I told her how pretty her pussy was because she was a little self concious of how much bigger her labia were than girls in magazines or even mine. We need to be proud of our vaginas. They truely are a work of art.

Love what you have

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 22:22
cosmopolite (not verified)


Ladies, love the vulva you have. The men in your life can ignore or admire it. They have absolutely no right to demand any change.

Labiaplasty is absolutely

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 17:23

Labiaplasty is absolutely abhorent. Doctors should absolutely refuse to do this.

Thank you Carlin, for posting these extremely disturbing videos. I had thought that more and more younger women had taken on the attitudes towards the female genitalia that Betty has advocated for 40 years. And then this!!

Something is broken in the present day popular culture of sex. Insecurities are skyrocketing. Young women are sucked into believing that if they do not gratify real and imagine male expectations, they (women) have not value.

I know of no evidence that men expect women to have a crease with nothing protruding.

I am an intactivist, which means that I have battled for 40 years insecurities arising from similar bits at the apex of the male genitalia. Just as victory had been more or less achieved outside the USA, and was becoming a possibility within, a closely related insecurity breaks out among younger women.

Ladies, the inner labia are very very much part of your sexual machinery. To trim them is likely to impair your ability to enjoy foreplay, and may even impair the satisfaction you get from vaginal intercourse. Leave them alone. They are lovely as they are. For a woman to cut them short tears my heart. I cannot stand the thought.

I am a man and I like long

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 15:14
Mike543 (not verified)

I am a man and I like long big inner labias! They are very sexually!!! For me woman with big inner labias - ideal and I am dream about...
Labioplasty is NIGHTMARE! We must stop this horror! Viva la NATIVE vulvas! I love it!!!!!


Thu, 04/29/2010 - 20:12
re (not verified)

i cried when i saw the lovely lady getting hers cut off :(

Ugh so embarassed to be an Aussie sometimes...

Tue, 05/25/2010 - 00:07
Ugh (not verified)

So absolutely ridiculous...We are all different and ALL "normal"
I would like to add though, the comment on that video that vaginas dont look like that unless they have been photoshopped, had surgery or are prepubescent?? Mine naturally looks exactly like those "neat" vaginas , I am 25 and have never had surgery, so mine is as "Normal" as another that may have longer Labia etc...felt i needed to add that lol

it's a personal choice

Sat, 12/18/2010 - 12:53
kel (not verified)

Just read all the very negative posts concerning labiaplasty...I haven't seen the video as it's no longer available but for what it's worth I would just like to add some personal opinion to this post.  I've just been through the labiaplasty procedure - wedge technique - 3 days ago now and  recovering well.  My reason for going through the surgery was that I hated the look of my inner labia which over the past 6 or 7 years had gradually got longer and longer...and who knows they may have kept growing had I not stopped them in their tracks!  I am in a happy relationship, married 4 years and although he has recently (after op) admitted to me that he also didn't like the way the labia got 'in the way' on occasion, I should say that he never once made me feel uncomfortable about them...they did that all on their own.  I exercise a lot...and they made this uncomfortable.  I was also very sub-conscious when wearing anything tight-fitting and often 'rearranged' myself to make sure things weren't obvious.  So this combined with the fact that I just thought they looked plain ugly..alien-like, have led to my decision to get this procedure done.  I'm recovering now and of course any op recovery is inconvenient to an extent but I can only say that I wish I'd had the knowledge and courage to do this 6 years ago then I wouldn't have spent the last 6 years hating my reflection in the mirror.  At the end of the day it's a personal choice (thank goodness) and beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say but my advice to anyone thinking the same out there is go for it...don't settle for something you're not happy with...we only have one life and one time to be young and enjoy our bodies - make the most of it x

Amen Kel...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 16:27
Jay (not verified)

Do what you want with yourself and with your own body.  Whatever you
want/need to do to make you feel better.  Stop preaching and start
empowering.  Empowering everyone's ability to make conscious decisions
as they please.

I'm curious as to how you women feel about uncircumcised penises
(essentially Male Genital Mutilation).  We don't wander the desert
anymore, so the "hygiene" argument is invalid, but even if it is valid -
I'm sure there is an analog with respect to vulvas.  After this "point
is raised", most women are reduced to admitting that "it just looks

Not to mention we men have no (conscious) say in it, there is significant trauma
inflicted upon the nervous system at such a young age, etc.

So please stop fighting against certain peoples' conscious decisions (be they
porn-driven or whatever), and look to the often unspoken unspeakable act
of Male Genital Mutilation.  An act which is largely Church-driven -
unless you just like it that way...