The first time I went to see a gynaecologist, I was sure something was wrong with me. I was already twenty years old but I had never had sex nor masturbated and my "private parts" were so private that I had even hidden them from myself, I barely ever looked at them and touching them somehow never crossed my mind. And I was sure something was wrong with me "down there" because no one ever talked to me about sexual or intimate things, and so I concluded that meant I was in some way "broken". That is why I also avoided seeing a gynaecologist, but at some point my rationality took over and I decided it was time to
confront myself with whatever the horrid news about my genitalia might be. I was afraid of what the doctor might say upon taking a look at my vagina, all kinds of awful scenarios crossed my mind, their common point being - I must have some kind of degeneration. When the doctor said everything was OK, that was a turning point, only then I began
understanding how horrific my thoughts were and since then I embarked on a path of breaking taboos erected around sexuality in our society.
That is why being part of your gallery would be a very important step for me, to show I am no longer ashamed of myself, to show that now, when I think about my vagina, instead of fear, I feel joy.
J. - 33 years old