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The Vagina Illustrator Redefining Genital Beauty Standards

In a natural, un-edited state, female crotches are furry, lumpy and individual. Girls grow up fuelled by advertising and the media, told to wax, chop and conceal every flaw on their bodies or be shamed otherwise. Even into womanhood, our frames and fannies are analysed, scrutinised and objectified, and bushes remain “abnormal” while scalp-like, smooth porn star pussies prevail as status quo.

Still, kickass illustrator, Meredith White, is reevaluating beauty norms and wants to remind everyone (boys, girls, everyone included) that vaginas and vulvas come in all shapes and sizes. An arty antithesis to perceived perfection, the vulva extraordinaire illustrates female genitalia of all shapes, sizes and colours for her inclusive Instagram gang @clubclitoris.

(Illustrations: Meredith White)

Championing vulva-positivity through savvy sketches, her sassy rebellion is here to show you that, while every lady oyster is different, they’re worthy of an applause and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We caught up with the erogenous expert on all things pussy positivity.

Konbini: Can you tell me how you came to start illustrating vulvas and vaginas in all their different varieties for @ClubClitoris?

Meredith White: My love for illustrating vaginas started as a sassy rebellion. For years, I openly rejected my anatomy, hoping for a different body (vagina included), and I knew it was time to fight back. I wanted to explore such a personal, ostracised topic and created the zine JUICES: A Vagina Celebration.

By posting the vagina illustrations on @clubclitoris, I discovered other women felt the same (what’s up, ladies!). Slowly but surely, women have started embracing their wildly different figures, and I love creating illustrations that support and emphasise that goal.

How do you feel about pop culture, advertising and porn’s very restricted view of female genitalia?

Unfortunately, our culture flourishes on female insecurity – the media promotes thin models and celebrities as beautiful instead of promoting all body types as beautiful, while pornography reinforces the scary concept that women (and their vaginas) are sexual objects.

And women constantly compare their bodies to that unrealistic “standard”. For centuries, this culture has treated the natural vagina as if it’s something to be ashamed of and abused, and biased views fuel that fire.

“Your vagina is normal, natural, and gorgeous, regardless of what the media tells you”

 

How and why would you like to redefine that?

I illustrate vaginas in their unedited form and every illustration is referenced from a real woman. Every hair, labia wrinkle, dimple, and freckle is included in my drawings (and they’re honestly the best part). Lady friend! Your vagina is normal, natural, and gorgeous, regardless of what the media tells you. You can’t keep a good vulva down!

(Illustrations: Meredith White)

Why is it so important to make sure women and girls are comfortable with their own anatomy?

Because so many women are not. The freedom to love your body without being humiliated, hating yourself, or feeling “less than” is a basic human right.

How does it make you feel that grooming, shaving and labiaplasty surgeries are all such common beautifying regimes? 

I believe women should do whatever helps them love their bodies, but shaving and labia surgery are far from necessary, ladies! What’s so wrong with hair? Male body hair is “manly” so why isn’t female body hair “feminine”?

Why does every woman grow leg, arm, facial, and pubic hair? Because it’s natural! And so are prominent labia. Society and advertising have taken naturalism from women in an attempt to sell razors, shaving cream, and surgical treatments. Companies profit off of constant insecurities, not confidence, and I say fuck that! Shout out to all the hairy babes and labia lovers, your body is damn beautiful.

You Instagrammed a private message you received with someone asking you which ‘vajina’ was yours, do you get that a lot?

Yes, it’s so goofy! These dudes perceive vaginas as sexual objects instead of a natural part of the female anatomy (and this concept isn’t anything new. It’s something that advertising and pornography have fed us for centuries). And of course, unwarranted questions about my vagina are always awkward, sorry guy!

So are you going to turn Club Clitoris into an actual club? I want to join!

I see Club Clitoris as a group of badass babes popping their bubblegum in the haters’ faces with confidence and self-love unaffected by negative social norms; badass babes who can fearlessly be themselves – body hair, stretch marks, and cellulite included – with massive support from their fellow ladies! It’s not an official club, but hopefully some day.

Check out more of Meredith White’s work and join @clubclitoris, boys and girls.

 

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The Great Wall of Vagina in London!

Today is a good day… I found out that Jamie Mccartney’s work is being exhibited in London FOR FREE! The Great Wall of Vagina is currently at famous sex shop Sh!. It’s being held there for the whole of April and I will definitely be going there to see it, not only would I love to see Mccartney’s work as it’s inspired my graduate collection so much but Sh! is a very unique sex shop which specialises in toys for women and holds sex workshops that range from flirting to spanking!

The Great Wall Of Vagina Has Come To Britain

I sometimes wonder why not all walls have vaginas plastered all over them, but such is life. The Great Wall of Vagina, the world’s only artwork featuring the casts of over 400 women in a bid to represent the variety of women’s genitals, has arrived in Britain!

Number one vulva-appreciator, British artist Jamie McCartney shipped his infamous project to London where it’ll be on display until the end of the month. To remind everyone that those seen in pornography and erotica aren’t always representative of all vaginas, anyone can drop by to see the spectacular vaj-work for free.

The eight-metre long sculpture, which features clay moulds of real women’s vulvas hit female-centric sex toy store Sh! in Hoxton on Saturday, where the artist gave a talk and signed copies of his vaj-happy book. This is a fairly exciting exhibition opportunity for vagina-owners and lovers in London to go and celebrate the female form.

Jamie McCartney's body positive wall of vulvas, The Great Wall of Vagina (Photo: Jamie McCartney)

Initially created to promote body positivity and prove to the planet that all pussies are perfect in their own way, the plaster revolutionary spent five years casting frilly foofs, large labia and asymmetric fannies. Which makes it incred that the sculpture will have its place at Sh!, an avid sex-positive, pro-female pleasure sex shop.

The store’s founder Ky Hoyle, speaks of the alarming amount of women worries about the aesthetics of their genitalia. Hoyle sad:

“We recently carried out a survey which showed that 23 percent of ladies were worried about partners judging the look of their labia. More than one in six had thought about having surgery to change the appearance of their vaginal lips.

“It’s heart-breaking that so many women view their lady parts as ugly, humiliating, or somehow “broken”. I’m determined to change that.”

For the store Hoyle hosts a super selection of products (including cooch colouring books) to please the planet’s pussies, as well as running classes on all things sex, from the A-Z of the G-spot, strap-on tutorials and masturbation lessons. So it’s quite the place to visit, even if it’s just to gawp at McCartney’s vagina wall of fame.

Artist Jamie McCartney with his work The Great Wall of Vagina (Photo: Jamie McCartney)

There’s no denying the lady garden project remains an important message for women (and people who sleep with women). Struck by the exponential rise in the surgical process labiaplasty – an operation to cut down the size of inner or outer labia – McCartney set out to let women know that vaginas are as aesthetically different as faces. The artist says:

“For many women their genital appearance is a source of anxiety and I was in a unique position to do something about that.”

So, if you fancy contributing to a less anxiety-fuelled, self-conscious world of vaginas, we reckon you should head over to see the prolific piece of art. It’d be a cunt-astrophe is you missed it.

The free exhibition is open Monday – Sunday 12-8pm until the end of April at Sh!.


Fanny Casting

I can happily say I finally cast some fannys!! I absolutely loved it! Admittedly I was nervous, my first model is a friend from Newport University and she based a lot of her Fine Art degree work around erotica, so was not only understanding of the work I’m doing but completely supportive! It made for a very interesting afternoon, and I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of the process! Using Jamie McCartney’s Great Wall of Vagina page (and through a little trial and error) I have 4 beautiful vagina casts! One of them did break when trying to remove the plaster from the alginate, which I am gutted about because that particular model has a piercing and it looks fantastic in the cast!

This is something I will continue to do outside of my studies, I haven’t decorated any of them yet as I am concentrating on designs for my final collection, but A friend is opening a store in Cardiff and has asked for one to put on display 🙂


  
  
  


Fannys for thought? Casey Jenkins and her impressive knitting skills

While looking for artist inspiration I remembered reading about a woman who knitted using wool kept in her vagina… at the time I didn’t give it too much thought, I did think power to her though for being so innovative! Now that I’m basing my work on the human form and looking closely at the female body I have a lot more time and respect for her work and reasoning behind it. Casey Jenkins work, Casting off my Womb, has a close connection to what I what I want to express through my current project, and she is an inspriation. Her work helps me not to fear what others think of the work you produce, and confirms my thoughts that the body is the most natural, common thing we know, its not scary it isn’t  embarrassing and it’s here to stay!  Here is a video feed are some pictures of her work;

Vaginal Knitting I The Feed

For her performance piece, each day Casey inserts a ball of wool inside herself and begins to knit using it

Casey Jenkins spends 28 days knitting from a ball a wool inserted inside her vagina