Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Since When Did We Start Cutting Vaginas?!

This year has been the year for the positive body image revolution. It all started with people finally realizing that what we see in mainstream media isn't real. Dove started the 2004 campaign for "Real Beauty" showcasing fuller and curvier women than what the fashion industry currently displays. Ten years later we have videos and news outlets showing outrage on before and after Photoshop-ed models and Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass". Shaking your ass has been around forever but then when Miley Cyrus's viral video twerking gained momentum early last year it's like everyone went mad and now I can't scroll through my FB feed without finding a twerking vine.

What's happening? Well like I explained in my post about Porn Addiction: Name Your Addiction, our brains get altered and our expectations get altered. In my most favorite sociology class Deviant Behavior I learned about how norms/taboos get formed and followed throughout a society within different cultures. We're all looking around at each other's physical expressions and behaviors and deeming what's normal and abnormal. Consumer economy driven by media outlets will cause people to grow dissatisfied with all areas of their lives and strive for the unattainable: perfection.

People are all too willing to go under the knife. Cosmetic surgery has always been on the rise, but currently trending now and very high on the rise, is the Labiaplasty. I'm rarely shocked by anything, but this is too disturbingly crazy. A little hypocritical if you ask me, because we call it female genital mutilation when tribes in Africa have a similar practice for different reasons. Is nothing sacred?

"A 2008 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 32 per cent of women who underwent the procedure did so to correct a functional impairment; 31 per cent to correct a functional impairment and for aesthetic reasons; and 37 per cent for aesthetic reasons aloneAccording to a 2011 review, also in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, overall patient satisfaction is in the 90–95 percent range. Risks include permanent scarring, infections, bleeding, irritation, and nerve damage leading to increased or decreased sensitivity. The Observer wrote in 2011 that medical experts had "sounded the alarm" about the procedure and its soaring rates, blaming increased exposure to pornography images on the Internet. Linda Cardozo, a gynaecologist at King's College Hospital, London, told the newspaper that women were placing themselves at risk in an industry that is largely unregulated. "
This past year alone it was published that: "While the figures for labiaplasty and buttock augmentation are significant, they represent a very small portion of cosmetic procedures overall. Nevertheless, with labiaplasty procedures increasing by 44% over the course of the year, and buttock augmentation procedures increasing by 58%, there is clearly a definitive trend".

Well thanks to the internet and the age of information, we're also slowly waking up and people are doing great things to help raise awareness. Take this guy who built "The Great Wall of Vagina" for instance:

This project as well:

I have a very positive respect for my body but that didn't come until I gave birth to my kids. I still struggle with trying to lose weight, but I love every part of my body and wouldn't dream of changing it.  As always...sharing is sexy! Send this to your girlfriends, because we're all too self-conscious or scared to admit we wondered about normalcy "down there".