A story here on the increasing trend to cosmetic surgery for female genitals. According to the BBC story, women are undergoing surgery to create perfect genitalia amid a “shocking” lack of information on the potential risks of the procedure. Research published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also questions the very notion of aesthetically pleasing genitals. Critics charge the practice is fueled by the desire to have the perfect porn star body. Consultant gynaecologist Sarah Creighton and psychologist Lih-Mei Liao challenged the ethics of offering women surgery to address such insecurities, suggesting it was adverts for a “homogenised, pre-pubescent genital appearance” which created these anxieties in the first place. Douglas McGeorge, past president of the the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons defended the practice saying, “Essentially this is just about removing a bit of loose flesh, leaving behind an elegant-looking labia with minimum scarring. The procedure won’t interfere with sexual function. Women want this for a number of reasons – some find it uncomfortable to ride a bike for instance, but for the majority it is aesthetic, that’s true. Lads’ mags are looked at by girlfriends, and make them think more about the way they look. We live in times where we are much more open about our bodies – and changing them – and labioplasty is simply a part of this.”
Striking this story comes just after the vagina pendant story on our blog. If you follow the link to the etsy store, you’ll see the pendants have a charming amount of variety.