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It never fails. Each day that I choose to casually scroll down my social media profiles I am bombarded with a dozen memes at a time, varying from messages serving as comic relief from a stressful day to food porn used to stimulate my inner glutton. Beyond these pg-13 posts, however, are the memes dedicated to sexuality and the leaked (or purposefully placed) nudes of both men and women.

A display of a nude body isn’t as much taboo now as it was say 15 years ago, but when it comes to the displaying of genitals that’s left up for discussion. When what’s between a woman’s legs is displayed, conversation typically borders along the lines of offensive, as countless amounts of viewers scrutinize the vulva – from inner labia to outer labia.

The responses I often see are typically based on the colorful pictures of vulvas printed in text books or the various bleached and freshly waxed examples seen in pornography, and these examples are often far from what the average vulva looks like.

Secretly, many women hold an insecurity as it pertains to their nether regions because of the “picture perfect” examples consistently put up as the norm, and the issue has gotten so bad that some have even chosen to go under the knife for “designer vaginas” to cosmetically correct what they believe to be a flaw.

It’s typical for one to feel the pressures of appealing to society’s standard of beauty, but to surgically correct parts of the body that are crafted uniquely for a purpose is taking things to the extreme. In actuality, every woman needs to know that there is no vulva in the world that is created equally to the next, and every woman is going to have a different appearance between her legs.

From Shaming To Surgery: Stop Looking For The “Picture Perfect” Vulva was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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