Now I must say, I have never really given my labia that much thought. I do recall a conversation once with a male work friend. He was commenting on one of his past girlfriends and he said that she had "meaty bits." I was puzzled. "What are meaty bits?" I asked. He explained 'You know the dangly bits that stick out on some girls.' Mmm okay 'And what is wrong with dangly meaty bits?' He cracked up laughing and said something along the lines of "Aha! Are you getting defensive? Do you have meaty bits?" But the truth was I really had no idea. It's not something you really see is it? And sadly due to a lack of lesbian experimentation, I can't say that I have seen anyone else's vagina since I was a kid sharing a bath with cousins.
However I was still curious about these 'dangly meaty bits' so I probed him further. "Well what is wrong with meaty bits?" He was a little hesitant to answer as perhaps he knew what he was saying was rather chauvinistic, but I finally got it out of him. Apparently a hidden/non visible labia is his preference, and the girlfriend in question had a somewhat protrusive labia. So what was wrong with it? He just didn't like the way it looked. Bloody hell. It is important that I add that this young man was very young at this stage - he was only 19. I am sure if I asked him about it now I would get a different answer. Or perhaps he would just know to shut the hell up and stop being a knob.
For those of you still not sure about what these meaty dangly bits are, below is an example I made with my lips (pun intended) to give you an idea.
Sadly, not everyone feels the way I do. There are girls out there that are obviously so concerned about what men think of their Lady Bits that they are willing to take a knife to them to make them meet some unrealistic concept of 'perfection'. Isn't that ridiculous? I don't understand what makes these women so insecure about their fannies that they think they need to change them. Where are they getting this idea of the model vagina? Is it little douche bag guys like my young friend? Is Barbie and her stunted doll groin to blame? Is it that bloody pornography industry?
Or maybe that cursed Brazilian waxing is responsible! Well it does stand to reason. If we wax it all off we can see it better, and then, women being women we now have whole new area of our bodies to scrutinize that we had never been able to see before. Woah! Now there's trouble! Now we have to decide if we like the way it looks when its all plucked-chicken like. Well, how do we know if ours is 'normal'? It's not like the average woman sees that many other vaginas up close is it? The internet is all we have to go by really. So off we go to the computer for a quick Googling to see if 'ours' looks just like 'theirs'. Sadly the only Vaginas you will find when you "Google it" is the hairless tucked up varieties that MEN want to market to other MEN through pornography.
Back in the 70s the lady bits in porn were still fluffy. But even then they weren't fully exposed. It was illegal to show any inner goods of the lady fruit. Breaking the rules was a criminal offence. A bit of lady fluff was all you got. No labia allowed! No Siree! So now that the porn fannies are all de-fuzzed, the porn industry still tries to keep the inners hidden to a point. Which becomes harder when there is no hair left there to hide them. So now that porn is a lot more...erm...detailed, the labias selected are tending to be shorter. Less dangly, in a bid to look prepubescent. I mean, it's no secret that the last thing porn wants to be is realistic. They are selling a fantasy based on societies messed up paedophilic sense of sexuality. That's their market. The problem is, how is a young girl, who is curious about how a 'normal' vagina looks, going to know that these porn vaginas are not necessary the norm? How will she know that these vaginas have been hand picked by men, after a certain "look". These vaginas could have even been surgically enhanced? She wont know that. She will think there is something wrong with her natural labia and think she needs to have it "changed". Well she should have a look at this website where you can have perve at some REAL lady bits for a change!
Thing is if you asked any real, flesh and blood man, you would probably find that they wont look a gift horse (or vagina) in the mouth! Yep, any willing vagina is a good vagina if you like the person it is attached to. And I'm pretty sure that most men would probably enjoy a little bit of exposed labia, dangling free. Or probably, they wouldn't even care. Or notice!
The truth is, everyone's vagina is different. Larry Flint said it perfectly when he said "That woman's vagina has just as much personality as her face!" Which is spot on if you ask me! Would we expect for us all to have the same face? No! That would be boring wouldn't it! And confusing. So why on earth do we want to have the same vagina as everyone else!
Obviously I am not the only one who wants to celebrate the importance of vaginal individuality. Artist Jaime McCartney created a piece of art that shows just how different everyone's vagina is. He casted over 200 women's vaginas and created The great wall of Vagina. It is amazing! What a fantastic idea. And Jaime is a man. Not a woman. So clearly not all men are obsessed with this concept of 'One Ring to Rule them All'
It saddens me that there are women out there that are so insecure that they think they need to have surgery on their vaginas to feel OK about themselves. I'm sure in some situations labiaplasty is a necessary option. If your labia is so protrusive it is causing serious discomfort, sure get rid of it. If it is hanging down to your knees, I get it. But when it is just a cosmetic issue that serves no purpose other that to heal emotional wounds, surely there is a better option. Surely the same woman will just pick a fight with another area of her body soon and consider chopping that off too? What she needs isn't a plastic surgeon. She needs a big dose of self love. She needs to learn to love herself. Love her mind and love her body.
That goes for all of us. Us girls can get a little bit vain at times and this whole labiaplasty phenomenon is a good, timely reminder for us all to get our faces (or vaginas) out of the mirror and perhaps into a book. Why not put all of this energy that we waste obsessing over some ridiculous concept of visual perfection, into strengthening our minds? That sounds like a great idea to me! Less lipstick, more literature!
We all need to learn to love ourselves! We are awesome. Every one of us (except for murderers that is, and mean people) women are gorgeous, amazing, complex creatures. And we are all different. Lets celebrate our awesomeness by loving ourselves! All of ourselves! Meaty dangly bits included! C'mon ladies! Love your labia!