We understand why some women carry shame about the way their vaginas look. It’s because we live in a world where, as a woman, you are defined by what’s between your legs and by what you choose to do with it.
A great example of this is the typical conversation you can find online about women and their vaginas, is the dialogue about how a woman’s labia are supposed to look.
There’s a great debate about which is “better” and which is “worse” — having long inner labia that extend past your outer labia or having outer labia that extend past your inner labia, keeping them nice and contained.
Yes, we are now discussing whether you have an “innie” or “outie” vagina.
While we can roll our eyes and move on when confronted with men dictating how a woman’s pubic hair should look, the natural shape of a women’s labia (which is what we’re really talking about here) isn’t something that should be put into a man’s hands.
There are women who are so concerned about their “outies” that they have plastic surgery, known as labiaplasty, to cut back their inner labia and make them look more appealing.
No one comes out and directly says that having longer inner labia makes you look slutty, but the connotation is there.
Have genitals that take up space, that hang, that doesn’t look like what men see in porn, that’s considered undesirable, and the lengthening a byproduct of excessive use.
Isn’t it funny how the longer a man’s penis is the more we praise him for it, but the longer a woman’s labia are the less desirable she is considered to be???
That, my friends, is what we call a ridiculous double standard.
Your two sets of labia serve very important functions.
- Your outer lips (labia majora) are kind of like the female equivalent of a scrotum.
They are there to protect the rest of your sexual organs. They just bacteria from entering, and they produce sweat to regulate your body’s temperature and to keep you healthy.
2. Your inner lips (labia minora) exist to further protect your crown jewels: you know, your clitoris.
They are characterized by their different sizes, shapes, and colours. They are rich with blood vessels which accounts for its darker colour. They also become engorged during sex which can enhance the stimulation and your pleasure during foreplay and the act of sex itself.
We do believe that it’s every woman’s prerogative to change her body if she thinks it will make her feel happier. But if she’s hacking away at her labia to please a man or to convince a man that she isn’t a slut, that’s not a reason for going under the knife that we can support.
You weren’t born with labia so that you could be judged for what they look like. You were born with labia to help protect your genitals and to help you get the most pleasure possible out of sex.
It doesn’t matter if you have an “innie” or “outie” vagina provided that what you’ve got beneath the hood is doing its job well.
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