I discovered and explored my vulva already as a kindergarten child. I believe at one point a pedagogue told me that I could become blind from masturbating and since then and throughout my entire childhood my vulva was not only a source of pleasure but also, to a great extent, of shame and self-doubt. I often wanted to ask my mother: "Am I normal? Is this normal?" But those questions, although they would sometimes sit on the tip of my tongue, never made it out of my mouth. In my mind I was the only one doing "this" and it truly alienated me from the world around me. Luckily, I gradually found out that many of my friends masturbated in one way or another which gave me a lot of confidence back. During puberty I found my vulva rather ugly and wished for invisible inner labia. I wish I could have seen this gallery at that age, because it really makes clear in just how many shapes and forms vulvas come and how all of them are beautiful and amazing in their own unique way. Thank you for your great work and message and thank you all for your personal stories.
L. - 26 years old