What Is Driving Women To Surgically Alter Their Labia?

Chloe Pedley Nov 3, 2013 1 comments 0

Most of us are aware that the celebrity on the cover of the glossy fashion magazine has had her blemishes digitally removed, her hips and thighs narrowed, her breasts lifted and her hair smoothed. What might be less acknowledged is the role Photoshop plays in shaping our beauty ideals when it comes to the most intimate parts of our bodies. Photoshop has given women unrealistic ideals that are impossible to live up to.

Labia Are Not Off Limits

As it turns out – and I didn’t know this until recently – vaginas are not exempt when it comes to retouching. And I’m not talking about a little between-waxes stubble removal… I’m talking full-blown digital labiaplasty.

As a consequence, the only vaginas – besides their own – that some women see in soft porn magazines have been ‘healed to a single crease’. Essentially, this means the depiction of closed labia majora only – no protruding clitoral hoods, and certainly no pendulous labia minora.

Is The Government Censoring Your Cooch?

Perhaps the most frightening thing about this trend is that, in many cases, it’s not the soft porn mags themselves choosing to ‘tidy up’ every pouting pussy in town. Often, as is the case in Australia, it’s actually classification board censorship dictating how much ‘genital detail’ can be shown in unrestricted soft porn magazines – making the air-brushing of our bushes a censorship issue, as much as it is a feminist or body-image issue.

The New Normal

If labia minora are deemed by the powers that be too offensive to be shown in more mainstream soft porn, what point of reference, besides more hard-core pornography, is there available to women wondering if their cooter is ‘normal’? And what price is paid when a proliferation of quims in all different shapes and sizes isn’t on offer?

If the men and women viewing these images are convinced all vulvas look the same, and that all are ‘innies’, what does that mean if they’re confronted with a more ‘unruly’ beaver in reality? Are young men given the fright of their lives when they see their first un-air-brushed vag? And are an increasing number of women convincing themselves there’s something seriously amiss with their muff?

The increasing number of women subjecting themselves to real, clinical labiaplasties all over the world would suggest the re-touched images we see do impact the way we think, and feel, about our lady-parts.

What do you think? Has censorship and retouching affected your poontang perceptions? Share your thoughts online [on twitter/facebook TBC].

Chloe Pedley
Founder at Polkadotsi
Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband.
She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.

Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband. She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.