“ If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. ”
very NSFW. this is the the cover of “honi soit”, a student magazine at sydney university featuring 18 different vulvas of students on campus. law students at the university threw the book at the magazine and forced then to censor the cover, which was deemed…not censored enough.
honi soit and the owners of the vulvas posted this on their facebook:
Eighteen vulvas. All belong to women of Sydney Uni. Why are they on the cover of Honi Soit?
We are tired of society giving us a myriad of things to feel about our own bodies. We are tired of having to attach anxiety to our vaginas. We are tired of vaginas being either artificially sexualised (see: porn) or stigmatised (see: censorship and airbrushing). We are tired of being pressured to be sexual, and then being shamed for being sexual.
The vaginas on the cover are not sexual. We are not always sexual. The vagina should and can be depicted in a non-sexual way – it’s just another body part. “Look at your hand, then look at your vagina,” said one participant in the project. “Can we really be so naïve to believe our vaginas the dirtiest, sexiest parts of our body?”
We refuse to manipulate our bodies to conform to your expectations of beauty. How often do you see an ungroomed vulva in an advertisement, a sex scene, or in a porno? Depictions of female genitalia in culture provide unrealistic images that most women are unable to live up to. “Beautiful vaginas are depicted as soft, hairless, and white.
The reality is that my vagina is dark and hairy, and when it isn’t it is pinkish and prickly,” said one of the participants in the project. We believe that the fact that more than 1200 Australian women a year get labiaplasty is a symptom of a serious problem. How can society both refuse to look at our body part, call it offensive, and then demand it look a certain way?
As one participant put it: “When it comes down to it, my vagina is just another part of my body, which can be viewed in a number of different ways, but the majority of the time is completely neutral, just like my mouth or my hands. It is not something to be ashamed of; it is not my dirty secret.”
Just before we went to print, we were told that our cover was illegal, possibly criminal. But why? According to the SRC’s legal advice, this publication might be “obscene” or “indecent”, likely to cause offence to a “reasonable adult”. But what is offensive or obscene about a body part that over half of the Australian population have? Why can’t we talk about it – why can’t we see it? Why is that penises are scrawled in graffiti all around the world, but we can’t bear to look at vaginas?
… Here they are, flaps and all. Don’t you dare tell me my body offends you.
read an entire (great) article about it HERE, in mamamia, who have further smart and brave things to say about the matter…and thanks @dragonsally for sending me the link.
raise a glass to these women.
as pointed at out in mamamia, 1200 women get labiaplasty surgery in australia every year…many thousands more worldwide, i’m sure, mostly to nip and tuck their labia to look “pretty” and “normal”…ie “porn vadge”.
speaking as a vulva-owner with a labia the size of rhode island, i think it’s very nice to see vulvas portrayed in their natural states.
since porn images generally depict such a skewed view, where else are women going to see reality, if not…on tumblr?
Also, let’s look at the name of the magazine (which someone might have examined already), Honi Soit, coming from Edward III: “Honi soit qui mal y pense.”—translating as “Shame on he who thinks ill of it.”
“ Is she stupid or something? ”
I’m not familiar with this side of Russell Brand.
the whole speech is worth a listen; he got kicked out of the awards for it
thank you, russell
BRAVO RUSSELL BRAND BRAVO
Favourite BTVS Speeches:
↳ Rupert Giles, Innocence.
#remember that time a teen girl had sex on a show and it crashed and burned but her father figure was like ‘i think you made a good call’#like legitimately ‘based on the evidence- hitting that was 100% understandable and i support you’#oh - oh you were expecting an ‘i told you so’ or some kind of slut-shaming#LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO RUPERT F*CKING GILES
[pre-gifs] “…So, she [Paris Hilton] was a very wealthy woman, [initially] not that well known and then she gets to mega-stardom. How? The sex tape. Which was made by her boyfriend at the time, who was married, and thirteen years her senior. She sued to try and stop it [the tape’s circulation] and she couldn’t and it became the best selling sex tape for two years on the porn market.”
I love how the whole “babies from bone marrow” thing is making people go “this makes men unnecessary” and men are getting so upset
it’s really fucking annoying to be deemed unnecessary and reduced to something like whether or not you can procreate
’I was in San Francisco at a reading and this really beautiful, warm little lady came to me, and spoke to me about the beauty of being between, of being able to take from all the parts of you that exist and to create something new, that because I am able to live in the in-between, I can love in the in-between. That gets rid of the rabid fascination with belonging to something that can bring out so much insecurity and fear, all the patriarchy and nationalism.’