My relationship with my vulva has been complicated. I remember when I was young; I absolutely loved being naked and feeling free. I also remember when that began to change, around when my body started to change too. In my first introductions to sexualized women, porn, and the idea of sex, I saw vulvas like mine were not only not represented, but also talked about on other women as “disgusting”. In some ways, it is a blessing, as I only feel safe sharing my body with people I really trust. But most of the time, even as a body positive feminist, I struggle with shame and embarrassment. I’ve had many sleepless nights googling labiaplasty and reading stories of women who are like me. Learning to love yourself and your body is an intensely challenging path, but I really hope to get there someday.
P. - 26 years old