Vulvas: Shapes, sizes, and misconceptions

Clár T.
Clár T.
Nov 1, 2016 · 3 min read

Unreliable representations and mislabeling of the female anatomy have created baseless ideas on what is “normal.”

This is fueling insecurities and could be why more people — and in particular teenagers — are turning to genital plastic surgery such as labiaplasty for purely cosmetic reasons (3). The personal predispositions of plastic surgeons, who are more open to performing labia minora reduction procedures in the absence of physical complaints, could also be influencing this trend (5).

People’s bodies need to be properly understood, represented and respected.

Positive genital self-image correlates with greater sexual self-esteem (6). And feeling sexually attractive is surely a good thing for your overall self-esteem and intimate relationships. There is still a long way to go in portraying female, intersex and trans genitalia, as well as dismantling the narrow and damaging vulval archetype.


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