WARNING: A graphic image of vaginas appears below

The Sydney University newspaper Honi Soit was pulled from the shelves after putting a photo of 18 vaginas on its cover. They weren’t just trying to be perverse or show gratuitous nudity, they were trying to make a point. Showing women’s vulvae in Australian magazines is actually commonplace. There is no stigma attached to nudity in Australia like we have here in America. There is a different sort of stigma though.

“We are tired of having to attach anxiety to our vaginas,” the editors wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

“We are tired of vaginas either being artificially sexualised (see: porn) or stigmatised (see: censorship and airbrushing”.

The post continued: “Don’t you dare tell me my body offends you.”

Although newspapers do show vaginas they remove any visible labia, and are reduced to a single crease. In Australia it’s illegal to show any sort of protruding labia. Much like magazines in America airbrush stomachs and faces to unrealistic standards, Australia does this with vaginas. Just like in America, doing this gives young women to unrealistic expectations about what a “real” vagina should look like and has led to a massive increase in those women having completely unnecessary labiaplasty.

Honi Soit wanted the women at their school to know that, as obvious as it may seem to older, more well reasoned people, vaginas come in all shapes and sizes and trying to live up to a magazines crazy expectations of what one should look like is never going to work.

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H/T news.com.au

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  1. I like pussy but those are nasty.

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