NSFW! Australian government demands all vulva’s be digitally altered. “neat and tidy” only.
/Warning: The following video is ridiculously NSFW and contains graphic depictions of labia surgery./
This is a documentary from Hungry Beast called ‘healed to a single crease’- which is what the Australian Classification board demands be done to all depictions of female nether regions, stating any genital detail (clitoris, inner labia, pubic hair detail or volume) is too offensive and therefor illegal. The only acceptable vagina as far as the Classification Board is concerned is one that is ‘neat and tidy’ in their eyes.
The video shows interview with a doctor who performs labiaplasty, a photo editor who works for a porn company forced to digitally butcher normal vulvas and a member of the classification board who dodges questions like hell. I HIGHLY recommend watching it.
Considering the HUGE rise in labiaplasty in Australia (100% rise per year with now over 1000 women per year) with the number main cause being women thinking their bits look ‘odd’, when of course in fact they are perfectly normal; is it right to ask: Is Australia’s censorship of real bodies alienating a generation of women from their own natural, beautiful bodies?
As someone who works in the adult industry I’ve known this for a while. Until I found out about the laws I honestly thought I had a ‘disgusting hanging garden cunt’ and spent my whole puberty ashamed, embarrassed and depressed. I wanted to have surgery because I thought if I didn’t I would be able to work in my dream job. I have more than one close acquaintance who has had labiaplasty surgery because they felt they where ‘fugly down there’, because they didn’t look like every naked woman they’d ever seen in this country (healed to a single crease) when in fact they where perfectly normal and sexy.
It’s disturbing and wrong to enforce standards that say what womens genitals should and shouldn’t look like- especially when you’re effectively making the most common types of womens bits illegal to portray. Just like Australia banning small breasts citing it encourages pedophiles, regardless of the performers age.
And people wonder why womyn are feeling so ashamed in this day and age of their genitalia and breast sizes that so many are surgically altering them. There is no “normal” for how your genitals should look, and small breasts do NOT make you pedophilia-enabling. For fuck’s sake this has to stop.
This makes me so mad, so mad! As if the media wouldn’t dicture us all enough already but this is so pathetic!
I don’t even know what to say… so I will do it as a short letter:
You might not be as pretty as the photoshopped ones you see in the magazines, or the ones in porn tapes, but I swear that I will never ever let a scalpel near you just because you don’t fit the “beauty ideals” that have been pushed upon you, I like you just the way you are.
This I don’t even… And at the same time people find it strange that many women are ashamed of their looks.
If this is true, then I am thoroughly shocked and disappointed in Australian government (what else is new?). This is despicable.
I dont even fucking know what to fucking say.
I’ve wanted a lady bit correction for a long time. I have had guys say im unflattering down stairs. The sexual parts of a woman are very sensitive, its part of our body image. Once its pointed out it never really goes away.