When I saw email from Stickermule, the company who made my Flying Vuvla Decals, about their Button special I couldn’t resist.
It took me just a few minutes to order 50 Flying Vulva Buttons, they’ll be delivered by October 31st, Halloween. Very Witchy I thought.
Just after I ordered the buttons I saw the message from Sally.
She sent me a link to an article in the Guardian called “How I Learned to Cast Off Shame and Love My Vulva”, by Liv Little. The article and the video, bring to light how every woman’s vulva is different.
Yesterday I wrote about the shame I’ve felt about my stomach, but many women have the same kind of shame about their vulva.
Because vulva’s, like the rest of us, come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. And the idealized vulva, (which often comes from pornographic images) like the idealized woman’s body, is not what most of us have.
The video explains that most women don’t even know what their vulva’s look like. And often only think about it when a man, who has an idea of what a vulva is “supposed” to look like, tells them.
I have to admit, this is something I never thought about.
Honestly, until recently, I never thought much about my vulva at all. Just watching this video makes me aware of how strange that really is. How disconnected from this very important part of my body I’ve actually been. And how little I know about vulva’s in general.
This all reinforces my idea of lifting the shame and stigma associated with our vulva’s and vaginas. And being able to talk openly about them and understand them, just as we would any other part of our bodies.