Would you call a flower ugly, just because its petals are bigger than the petals of other flowers? It may be a question of fondness. Some like roses, others prefer clitoria. (Yes, that’s also a real flowers genus.) But you can hardly say, that one of them is ugly. Of course a vulva is not a flower, although their appearances are similarly varied. Is that a bad thing? No? Then why all this fuss and false shame on the subject of vulvas?
In developed countries labia »correction« by puffing or cutting is a beauty trend. In some African countries little girls suffer genital mutilation, because it’s a traditional practice. The oppression of women is a global problem and misogyny has many faces. What are the reasons? Who’s afraid of an unmodified vulva? Are these questions just appropriate for feminists to ask? What do we know about the female genitalia at all? How many people still believe that the clitoris is a tiny nodule, even though it can be up to 12 cm in size? Why do men (and women) still believe the myth of the hymen? And why is talking about menstruation (and diseases such as endometriosis or the PCO syndrome) such a taboo?
I think, it is time to set the razor blade on our ways of thinking and no longer between women’s legs…
BOTANIC MIND FERTILIZERS:
The Somalian model, author and social activist against female genital mutilation (FGM) Waris Dirie. She suffered genital mutilation when she was three years old. In her book, »Desert Flower«, she tells her autobiographical story.
The American sex toy entrepreneur Brian Sloan. Originator and host of the world’s first vagina [sic] beauty contest. It’s up to you to judge…
I hope you will discuss this collage.
Flower out your mind!
THE MIND BOTANIST