Friday, August 28, 2009

Design a Vagina (NSFW)

I just found a link to Jamie McCartney's vulva sculptures though Sociological Images and I am in total awe.

Here is the first panel of 40 casts (he plans on having six panels in all):



WOW.

About the project:
The title is a play on words, commenting on the trend for surgery to create the 'perfect' vagina. This modern day equivalent of female genital mutilation is a bizarre practice which suggests that one is better than another...

Already included are examples of male to female and a female to male transexuals, a virgin, a porn star and a woman with some elaborate piercings. Ages so far range from 18 year old students to a grandmother of 64.

Does anyone else think this guy is a total genius? It makes me so happy that work like this is being done.

The sooner we all realize our genitals are normal -and even beautiful- the way they are, the sooner we can do away with the shame and self-consciousness far too many people feel about their bodies. (Then maybe we can start on the weird ideas about how a vagina should smell.)

Two thumbs up to McCartney.

9 comments:

  1. i absolutely loved this post! i couldn't agree with you more about the artist being genius! its a piece i really aappreciate.

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  2. I think it's awesome, too!

    Let's also do away with how pubic hair should look. Because seriously, I don't see why I should wax if I don't feel like it!

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  3. Meg: I totally agree! no one should feel pressured to look like a 12 year old girl if they don't want to. :)

    I showed this to my boyfriend and he thought it was disgusting. It made me super sad. lol

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  4. I've always hated my vagina. I always said that I would fix it one day when I had the money. But oddly enough, you know what's made me love my real, natural, ugly, (and in my love's terms) meaty vagina? The fact that it's REAL. And I've recently started taking pictures of it up close and personal, which I've never been able to do in my entire life, and suddenly, not only do I accept and embrace my vagina, I know that other people find it beautiful as well.

    Embracing your vagina has a bigger impact than you think.

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  5. I totally agree Brit. I never had a problem with the way my vagina looks, but it took me a long time to come to terms with the way it smelled. In all honesty, it wasn’t till I starting having sex with other women that I realized I was perfectly normal.

    It’s kind of sad it has to be that way though.

    What about all the women who will never learn that their vaginas are beautiful or come to grips with the fact that your vagina should smell like flowers or ocean breezes? I guess we can only hope they come across blogs like yours. :)

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  6. I just re-read my above comment and I meant that our vaginas shouldn't smell like flowers or ocean breezes obviously. lol

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  7. I love Vagina's! I love the way they look, I love the way they move, I love the way they feel, I love the way they smell, and I love the way they taste. God Bless the Vagina!

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