The SMH is running another article on designer vaginas. I’m sure they ran one in June or July, but you can never have too many stories about female body parts on a news site.
This time it’s an opinion piece by Suzy Freeman-Greene, but the odd thing is that it’s out of context. The was a story on designer vaginas on the ABC website on the 12th, but c’mon, it’s now the 20th:
Aren’t women insecure enough without fretting over their genitalia?
Funny, I didn’t think I was insecure. Am I supposed to fret over my vagina? Fretting over my vagina sounds like a sex move. Is there something wrong with my vagina? Does it not work? How many times do you think I can write vagina in this post?
An ability to dance like a stripper seems depressingly necessary for many of today’s female pop stars, with videos virtually shot from the floor up. This new focus on women’s genitalia is mirrored elsewhere in pop culture, with suburban pole dancing classes and Brazilian waxes that impose a pre-pubescent beauty ideal on adult parts.
Didn’t we have this conversation a few years ago?
Dr Ted Weaver, president of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told Freeman-Greene: “She doesn’t have to conform to a picture that she might have noticed in a girlie magazine”.
Because women never look at porn unless it’s accidental.
Raunch culture has a lot to answer for here. And as the shape of the vagina becomes a crazy new source of angst, we still don’t even have an affectionate word to describe it. Where is the cosy, non-threatening equivalent to ”willy”?
I dunno, why not just call it a vagina? Or vulva, if that’s what you’re referring to.
Update: Freeman-Greene blames Britney’s 3 video clip for making women insecure about their vaginas. The way she described it, I was expecting clit cam and a few damp patches. So I watched it. And I disagree. You’d have to be trying really hard to see the detail Freeman-Greene writes about. The only interesting thing about the clip was that the men were fawning over Britney, rather than the other way ’round. And that’s nice to see.