WARNING: Post about Vaginas

I'm watching a show on BBC America called "Perfect Private Parts." It's a woman exploring and studying labiaplasties, hymen restoration and various cosmetic surgeries available for the vagina and the women who get them. It's fascinating.

They've followed two women who wanted to have the surgery. One girl was 16 and she was unable to convince her to not go through with it. Another woman was married and just so emotionally distraught over how much she hated her vagina. She wanted to have surgery and the reporter convinced her to participate in this art project (warning, not pornographic but NSFW either): http://brightonbodycasting.com/design-a-vagina.php. After she saw the complete panel (it's a panel of castings of 40 womans vaginas) she started bawling and realized that -- holy shit, they don't all look alike. She not only had hers cast for the art project, but decided against the surgery shes wanted for over 30 years.

It's a very moving show. And while I've never felt self conscious about my vagina in particular, I DO know what it's like to hate your body. And I find the art project fascinating. It's not just a wonderful concept, but it is literally enough to change lives. I mean that one woman went from hating her body to embracing it -- just by looking at it. What a fascinating piece of art to have that much power for someone. I'm just stunned, really.

What a fascinating show.


Anonymous Jamie said...

Wow! As the creator of that sculpture I'm thrilled to hear that it is having such a positive and moving effect on people. That was always the intention but as an artist you really get to see what happens to your work.

That one panel is only a section of the finished piece. In all it will feature 360 casts set into 9 panels. Due for a completion in the next few weeks I hope to debut the piece this summer.

I'm also doing a book about the project with accounts from many of the women who contributed. So do keep in touch.



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