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Recommended Reading: Challenging Genital Shame with the Red Tent Sisters

June 1st, 2011     by Julia Horel     Comments

Friends of Shameless, the Red Tent Sisters, have a great post on a book that challenges the notion that genitals should fit a particular aesthetic.

One way to combat this distorted view of women’s bodies is by utilizing resources like the self-published book, I’ll Show You Mine. This photo essay of sixty women’s vulvas is edited by Wrenna Robertson in response to her concern about the increase in labiaplasty popularity. Each woman was photographed in exactly the same conditions (lighting, etc) and the photos are shown in the book in true-to-life size and color. On her website she writes the following: “It is up to us, as women, to recognize the artificial shaping forces that have led to so many of us feeling that there is something unpleasant or wrong with our genitals. Our bodies are beautiful and diverse. Let’s learn to celebrate that!”

While the book focuses mostly on images of cis women, there is one woman who identifies as trans, and a few people who have chosen not to be binary gender-specific.

You can read the rest of Kim’s post here.

Tags: body politics, recommended reading

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