Vulva Drawings From Sex For One

Betty Dodson's picture
Tue, 04/21/1987 - 23:00
Submitted by Betty Dodson

 

We will be more civilized and humane  when beautiful genital imagery  along with a positive attitude about masturbation is part of the sex education

In 1973, I joined with other feminists to plan the first NOW Conference on Women's Sexuality. During one of our early meetings, a friend asked, "What would you like to do for the plenary session?" Quite spontaneously I answered, "I want to do a slide show of split beaver for feminists." Almost everyone broke up laughing. For the benefit of two women, I had to explain "split beaver" was porno slang. One woman thought it was a very derogatory male term.

I assured her that I would come up with a suitable name and produce the slides. In the conference flyer, it was called "Creating an Aesthetic for the Female Genitals," which was the academic way of saying "Becoming Cunt Positive." I didn't care what we called it as long as I got to do it.
I started calling friends, asking if they would like to pose for the first feminist pornography. The response was positive and about twenty women plus two women photographers met at my apartment. It was a fantastic gathering. The lights and camera were set up in the bedroom, and in the living room, the women chatted while they trimmed and shaped their pubic hair in preparation for their cunt portraits. We took turns posing with our genitals in a natural position, the outer lips held open, and one exposing the clitoris. Then each of us was given a mirror and asked to arrange our genitals in the way we thought they looked most appealing.

There were "oohs" and "ahhs" and other comments such as, "How beautiful," "Look at the pretty mother-of-pearl texture," and "What exquisite coloring." Occasionally there would be a spontaneous round of applause when a woman displayed herself artfully. We began to see designs, shapes, patterns, and made associations with nature: a shell, a flower, a fig, an orchid, and yes, even those dangling wattles (I now think chickens are sexy).

I saw styles emerging: there was a Classical Cunt with symmetry, a Baroque style with complex folds and drapery, a Gothic Cunt with archways, and a Danish Modern with clean lines. There were many Valentine Cunts. When we realized the heart design was the shape of a woman's genitals when she held her outer vaginal lips open, St. Valentine's Day suddenly had a new meaning.

We discovered that when the hood was pulled back and each clitoris appeared, the variations were astounding - ranging from tiny little seed pearls to rather large protruding jewels. In the dictionary phallus refers to both the penile glans and the clitoral glans. We were changing our image from the Female Eunuch to the Phallic Woman. The distance of the clitoris from the vaginal opening also varied greatly. One woman with a clit close to her vagina said she could have orgasms with intercourse alone.

I thought I'd discovered a new theory until a woman with the same configuration posed, and she said she always needed direct clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm. Another woman couldn't get her clitoris to pop out. She was convinced she didn't have one until she pressed a finger on either side of the clitoral shaft.

We could just see the tip of her shy clit. Technically called an "embedded clitoris," it was difficult to see, but it was easy to feel and worked just fine.

The vaginal opening wasn't a hole at all, but rather soft little pink folds that created different patterns in each woman. We became aware of the differences in pubic hair and genital coloring. Some women had dark, thick bushes and others fine, wispy hair. One woman shaved bff her pubic hair, and she was our Futuristic Cunt. The form of her genitals was stark and beautiful.

Our colors ranged from pale pink to dark brown, and one woman had a two-tone cunt. Her inner lips were dark brown surrounded by a delicate peach. Another woman who had very dark brown genitals and black pubic hair said her lover called her "The Black Orchid."

Throughout the evening there was animated conversation. There were also moments of silence as each of us became lost in our own thoughts. Toward the end, I closed my eyes and saw one exquisite cunt after another pass before my mind's eye. We were creating our own genital imagery - not the male version of "pussies" and "beavers," but the women's version of the lotus flower unfolding for the new Aquarian Age.

I showed the slides to over a thousand women at the NOW conference. When the lights went back on, there was a long standing ovation. Goose bumps covered my body as I had an orgasm with a multitude of feminists. Afterward many women gave me enthusiastic feedback. Several told me they felt dramatically changed by looking at the slides. Others said they, too, had thought they were deformed. One woman asked her boss for a raise the next day - and got it! Becoming cunt positive had enhanced her selfworth and she felt she deserved more money.

A year later, I did a series of pen-and-ink drawings from the slides for Liberating Masturbation and included them in the slide show, along with a picture of a shell, an orchid, and a jade cunt necklace. I felt it was such important visual information for women that I made myself say yes to every lecture request. Traveling around the country, I carried a slide carousel filled with images of the Temple Priestesses' Sacred Clits or pornographic split beaver, depending on a person's point of view. The difference between porn and erotica was definitely in the eyes of the beholder.

I showed my female genital slide show in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Colorado, and California. University students, women's groups, and many sex educators all had the opportunity to become cunt positive. After saying the word thousands of times with love from all the different podiums, I felt I had reclaimed the word cunt. Germaine Greer said'it first in an article I'd read in 1969 titled, "Lady, Love Your Cunt." But she turned against sex after menopause.

By the late seventies, female genital imagery was emerging in women's art. Until then, Georgia O'Keeffe's flowers were just flowers. She herself denied her floral paintings represented vulvas. Then Judy Chicago and company blew the art world's mind with The Dinner Party. Many of her thirty-nine ceramic plates were designs of gorgeous cunts. A number of unknown women artists sent me slides of their paintings of cunts, including genital self portraits that were inspired by my pen-and-ink drawings.

I also received a lovely stained-glass piece that was fashioned after the decorative cunt drawing on the cover of my book Liberating Masturbation. At one point, I halfway expected to see cunt designs on sheets and towels. A friend who was a textile designer made an interesting repeat of decorative vulvas for wallpaper, but it never sold. What did become popular was genital jewelry.

Pretty little cunts and cocks made out of silver, gold, glass, and ceramic graced many ears, fingers, and necks. I even bought an erotic potholder made by a craftswoman who had stitched an adorable cunt in the middle.

Very little has been done about discussing the differences in both male and female genital forms on the high-school level, where it's most needed, with young kids developing sexually so early. We will be more civilized and humane when beautiful genital imagery along with a positive attitude about masturbation is part of the sex education of every American boy and girl. Now and then there are signs of progress though. just the other day I saw a friend's teenage daughter wearing a shocking-pink button that said, VIVA LA VULVA.

When everyone grows up with positive images of cunts and cocks, no one will secretly think herself or himself as genitally deformed. It's especially important for women to see genital imagery that includes the clitoris.

Once a woman understands the role her clitoris plays in her sexual pleasure, she can always show her lover how to stimulate her to orgasm.

vulva drawings from international best selling book
SEX FOR ONE
by Betty Dodson

 

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newbiehere's picture
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:42

Hi Betty,

There is a missing drawing... the one that has very very small symmetrical inner lips. I saw it on your old site, but it's not on this one in this post... thought you should know so you can add it.

You can find me at:

http://dodsonandross.com/art/cowrie-shell

I'll have to say the idea is

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 13:42

I'll have to say the idea is impressively original, I don't think I ever sow a collection like this before. You didn't tell us yet how did people react to the slide show? Was the response as positive as you expected? And another thing I am curious of, where did you get the designs for the drawings? I am sure there weren't all just imagination... London escort

Hi I had a look through some

Sat, 01/23/2010 - 21:47
Anonymous (not verified)

Hi I had a look through some drawing. Just wondering if you came across any where one of the inner labia is three times the length of the other. Is that normal? One stays in and the other side hangs out.
???
Thanx

Thank you for this. I had no

Wed, 03/03/2010 - 23:25
jeanie (not verified)

Thank you for this. I had no idea there was such variety in labial anatomy, and I, like many women, I'm sure, have been rather insecure about my own shape and structure, but "normal" really isn't applicable, is it? This is a beautiful article, and the drawings really highlight what a work of art each of us are.

wow!!!!

Fri, 03/12/2010 - 03:22
sweetykk (not verified)

hey this really helped me knowing about the variety in labial anatomy..... and the drawing are awesome.... thanks........

confirmation!

Wed, 06/02/2010 - 09:38
momat40 (not verified)

I came across this site doing a search. Even though I'm 40+ I've always felt a little unsure about the look of my own vagina. I've seen different sizes, shapes etc...but THIS really, really enlightened me & for these women to have the confidence to do this is great! I've seen posts from young girls, thinking they're "odd & different" from other girls...I know where they're coming from & even posted reassuring one girl in particular. This is one site I will bookmark & use for future reference if needed! This is great, THANK YOU to all the women who participated & put this together:)

normal?

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 06:23
Topangapan (not verified)

I am sure that Betty would reply that there is no "normal."  There is only a variety of beauty and design.  Like snowflakes, all are perfect and none are "normal." To address your fears there is nothing abnormal about the vulva you have described and many would find it beautiful and special.  I had a lover for a long time with a similar description.  She remains healthy and happy and does not lack for lovers, admirers and friends.

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