THE VAGINA DIARIES

Nov 26, 2013

 

 

Australia! Tonight I will be back on your TV screens. I was interviewed by presenter Nat Harris for a documentary entitled The Vagina Diaries, which explores the rising trend of Labiaplasty in Australia.

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of a woman’s labia minora. It can be performed for medical reasons – physical discomfort and chaffing occurring from protruding inner labia – or cosmetic reasons – feelings of insecurity stemming from a feeling that their vulva is the “wrong” colour, shape or size. The reality is vulvas come in all different sizes, shapes and colours, and there is no such thing as a “normal” or “abnormal” pussy. 

No, I haven’t had the procedure. It’s scary enough having a razor near my pussy, let alone a scalpel. Plus, I’m very happy with my vulva and don’t intend on cutting up something that brings me so much pleasure. The risks of the procedure are high – permanent scarring, infections, nerve damage and decreased sensitivity – and even if I wasn’t happy with the shape of my cunt those are some pretty severe consequences for any perceived aesthetic “improvement”. While I am not against the procedure for genuine medical reasons, I hate to think that women are electing to go under the knife because they feel that they are somehow deficient.

The pornography industry is often blamed for the increase in labiaplasty in Australia and abroad. However, one upskirt look at the most popular, most downloaded, and most prevalent award winning porn performers reveals a myriad of vulvas of different sizes, shapes and colours. Many of the top performers, like Alexis Texas and Anikka Albrite, actually have large labia minora, and they are fucking delicious at that. Having a nip-n-tucked pussy is not a requirement to be a popular porn performer. The real issue here is censorship.

The censorship laws in Australia require publishers to Photoshop labia minora in order to sell magazines in the Unrestricted category. Australia’s Classification Guidelines state that: “[r]ealistic depictions [of the vulva] may contain discreet genital detail but there should be no genital emphasis”. Or, as they put it in the magazine industry, the pussy must be “healed to a single crease”. Since the Unrestricted category is available for purchase by people over the age of 15 years, adolescent males and females who access those publications are only exposed to digital-designer-vaginas. At least Internet pornography provides a broader overview of female genitalia. 

In The Vagina Diaries, I show how the same shoot that I appear in was republished and edited in different ways in the USA, Germany, Japan and Australia all to comply with the censorship laws of the particular country. In the USA my vulva was left how it was at the time of shooting, in Germany it was covered in thick pubic hair to hide the labia minora, in Japan my entire pussy was pixelated and in Australia my labia majora was pulled together to hide my pink bits.

In The Vagina Diaries, Nat also interviews doctors, a surgeon, a sexual health advocate and takes to the streets to hear from the public. She follows the story of “Louise”, a 19 year old, who is about to have the operation. The documentary is a balanced and thoughtful look at the rise of labiaplasty in Australia.

The Vagina Diaries will air tonight, November 27, at 9:30pm on ABC2.

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