I just recently started following your gallery on Instagram and was so happy and inspired when I found it. I started hating my body early on in life because of the way society conditions us to see beauty and my vulva was one of my most hated parts. I have been through many negative experiences, have been told that vulvas similar to mine are a result of promiscuousness, and I even remember being shamed by friends when I pointed out a vulva that looked like mine in an art galley like this one. Since then, I have learned to redefine my conceptions of beauty and take back my body for myself. Making the decision to get a vertical hood piercing was a big step in this direction. Not only has it helped me increase my confidence and pleasure within my sex life, but it gave me the power to have autonomy over my vulva rather than treating it as if it was an object for others. It has helped me look at my own body with love and acceptance rather than objectification and judgement. I still often struggle with my own self deprecating thoughts sometimes, but communities like this make a world of difference. Thank you so much for providing a platform for this conversation. Everyone is so uniquely beautiful and should never have to feel ashamed or afraid about their bodies! I would be honored to be part of your gallery.
A. - 22 years old