It seems that there are new products and procedures on the market every day which are aimed at profiting from womens’ insecurities with their vulvas (or helping them to address their insecurities, depending on how you see things). The latest craze is called labia puffing. So what exactly what is labia puffing, and is labia puffing safe? I did some research to learn more about what it involves. Here’s what I managed to find out…
Labia puffing is a non-surgical treatment which involves injecting fat (from another part of the body), or dermal fillers, into the labia. The treatment is done to boost volume or remove wrinkles. Think of it as a botox treatment for the labia.
The procedure takes around half an hour. Many women are undergoing it as an alternative to surgical measures such as labiaplasty surgery, as it is less expensive and is perceived to be less invasive.
If a woman’s own fat is being used for the injection, this is usually taken from the abdomen or thigh area.
Given that labia puffing is a very new treatment, very little is known about its potential risks or adverse long-term effects on the body. For instance, there is limited information on whether it can lead to a loss of sensitivity in the nerve endings in the long-term. For this reason, my advice would be to wait until more is known about the procedure before taking the leap and going through with it.
Feminist voices are becoming more and more prevalent in society, and a public art installation in Hollywood by Zoe Buckman shows just how far we’ve come. Standing a whopping 43 feet tall and measuring 9 feet in diameter, the installation named “Champ” features a glowing white neon outline of a uterus with fiberglass boxing gloves in place of ovaries.
The installation is a loud, proud, public symbol of female empowerment, speaking to reproductive rights, advocacy around domestic violence, and womens’ health awareness. It is situated at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue in front of The Standard, Hollywood.
As an artist, Zoe uses neon, embroidery, sculpture, and photography, and explores themes of feminism and systems of oppression. She studied at the International Center of Photography, and is based in New York. She is an accomplished artist whose work has been featured in many leading galleries in the US and abroad over the past few years.
She is a bold and unapologetic feminist, and I will certainly be following her future work and her career.
I am absolutely in love with this courageous and creative Libresse advert called Viva la Vulva. It’s about women learning to embrace vulva diversity and move toward body acceptance. The existence of this advert confirms that we HAVE come a long long way together.
I came across this abnormally large labia sympathy card which is a harsh reminder of how insensitive some people can be.
Instead of conveying real sympathy, the card plays on the insecurity of women with larger labia who experience discomfort from their clothing. The clear message that it coveys is that large labia are abnormal and a legitimate source of shame, which is completely false.
It disgusts me that someone (probably a male chauvinist pig) took the time to create it.
Many women who make contact with me are concerned about their labia asymmetry (one side of their labia minora / inner lips being bigger or longer than the other side). I decided to run a labia symmetry poll to find out just how common it is to have asymmetrical labia.
Please participate in the poll by selecting the answer that applies to you, and clicking “Vote”. To view the results of the poll, click “Results”.
Watch this video called “My vulva is imperfect”, in which Layla Martin shares her personal journey to overcome her insecurities regarding her vulva.
Layla shares the insights that she has gained along the way, and her views about her “imperfect” vulva and her asymmetrical labia minora. Many of the insecurities that she has experienced will resonate with most women who have body issues.
She also talks about the unique challenges that women of color experience when it comes to men passing judgment about their bodies. The video also features some pictures from the Vulva Gallery, which showcases the diversity of shapes and colors in different womens’ genital anatomy.
In response to a recent submission, I decided to put a Vulva Color Poll up to find out what percentage of the visitors of the Labia Project have darker skin in their vulva area compared with the rest of their bodies. Please vote in the poll by selecting the answer that applies to you, and clicking “Vote”. To view the results of the poll, click “Results”.