Looking at vulvas

October 25, 2009 § 1 Comment

photo by Peter Lippmann

If I was still in New York City, you bet I would be at the Change  You Can See gallery for their latest exhibit Vulvagraphics: an intervention in honor of female genital diversity. Because honesty about female bodies is so rare, I try to gravitate toward it in attempt to stay sane and not lose complete sense of reality.

Vulvagraphics is part of a movement that counters the inaccurate and violent depictions and attitudes of female genitals that bombards us so subtly, pervasively and effectively.

The exhibit comes at a place and time when nearly all depictions of vulvas are deceptively homogenous– post cosmetic surgery, air-brushed, or drawn as hairless stick figure cartoons.  The exhibit features photos, drawing, videos and craft representation of vulvas from artists around the globe.

For your viewing pleasure, I have copy and pasted some vulva graphics below.

Oh, and also, here is an interesting article about the similarities between  female genital cosmetic surgery and female genital mutilation by Gbemisola Olujobi, a Nigerian woman who was “circumcised” as an infant.

sushi vulva

Sushi Vulva: Pickled ginger never looked so delicious; photo by Iris Brilliant

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Playbill for the Vagina Monologues (University of Michigan Production, 2006)

by Judy Chicago

from Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party

Photo by Steven Alexander

Vulva II by Ebony Patterson

"Vulva II" by Ebony Patterson

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