To have a chance of making a positive impact on how adult women feel about their genital appearance, we have to reach them as adolescents.
Statuette of a female vulve called Baubo, terracotta, from Priene, Asia Minor, 4th century BC.
An ad alluding to the vulva is sparking controversy, but there are few objections to phallic symbols. What explains this difference in treatment?
No one can decide what to do with your body but you!
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While we can't tell you what to do with your body, we can give you some information to help make an informed decision about shaving your pubic hair.
And it needs to wholeheartedly attack the foundations of western philosophy.
Some doctors’ websites make false claims to encourage women to have genital cosmetic surgery.
Some doctors' websites give the impression that women's genitals that diverge from the "ideal" need surgery. This is nonsense – genitals are as diverse as our faces.
Sex should never hurt.
Sex isn't always straightforward – especially not when you first start 'doing it'. If you experience pain 'down there' after sex, you may need to have a medical checkup.
They're silly, but the singer's statement pants are an important comment on female storytelling.
Wonder Woman embodies the male fantasy of warrior women.
Pop culture has always found something sexy about female fighters, who feature in everything from Sumerian hymns and Greek mythology to the new Wonder Woman film.
Australian rates of labiaplasty – sometimes called ‘the Barbie surgery’ – have doubled since 2001.
Although women like how their genitals look after labial surgery, self esteem and sexual confidence may not improve.
As of January 2016, Gardasil has been administered in more than 200 million doses worldwide.
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The best way to prevent head and neck cancers, which are more common in men, is to get the HPV vaccine. It's free for boys and girls aged 12 and 13.
Vulvodynia can be brutal and is commonly described as stabbing, burning, cutting or knife-like pain.
If you've ever experienced pain in your vulva, you're not alone. Around 16% of women will have vulvar pain that lasts for longer than three months. They are likely suffering from vulvodynia.
We’ve all heard about the elusive G-spot, but is it real?
Eleanor Beth Haswell
It is perhaps one of the most controversial debates in sexual function: is there, or isn’t there a G-spot? And if there is, how do we find it?
Don’t know much about the clitoris? It’s probably not your fault.
Did you know the clitoris is a large and complex organ? If not, it’s probably not your fault: in anatomical textbooks, few words and diagrams are devoted to understanding the clitoris.
Girls are socialised early and told normal functions of the female body must be spoken of, if at all, in strictest privacy, indirectly, and not to men.
There are endless euphemisms for women's conditions and body parts. If you can't name a body part, how can you seek medical help if something appears to be wrong with it?
Women are increasingly feeling embarrassed about their genital appearance.
New guidelines launched by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners aim to help doctors educate women about the variety of genital appearance and stop them having unnecessary surgery.
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I’m big on textures. I won’t eat lychees for example, just in case my tongue accidentally slips inside one. Ditto eggplant and the whole oral exfoliation-thing. And I’d rather wear 46 layers of less-warm…
Vaginal knitting – what’s the fuss?
Interested in craftivism?
Most people haven’t actually seen many vulvas up close, and don’t know about the vast anatomical range of normality.
ABC TV’s The Vagina Diaries investigates the worrying trend for increasing numbers of labiaplasty procedures being performed in Australia. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to remove or reduce the labia…
More and more women are going under the knife in search of the ‘perfect’ vagina.
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Increasing numbers of Australian women are asking their doctors for a designer vagina. So many, in fact, that the government is reviewing whether such surgery should be publicly-funded via Medicare. Over…
Distress about genital appearance is a modern phenomenon.
Female cosmetic genital surgery is in the news again following Germaine Greer’s comparison of such surgery with female genital mutilation on the ABC’s Q&A earlier this week. This sudden attention joins…