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The "Labia Pride" Movement Is on the March

Rebelling against the porn aesthetic, women are taking to the Internet to sing the praises of "endowed" women.

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For some women, these sites are working their magic. Emma, who says she’s brought to tears daily by the submissions she gets, has “received feedback from numerous women who have found the site and suddenly feel their whole world has changed because for the first they realize they are normal,” she writes in an email. She compares it to group therapy: “It’s not an overnight thing for them, and part of the process is seeing other women, using their photos for comparison, and reading other people’s stories.” Similarly, Molly says, “I have had numerous messages thanking me from all sort of people, women and men, who have said that the project has been a liberating and educating find for them.”

In an irony familiar to the Internet age, it’s the same technology that allowed a porny standard to proliferate that is now allowing women to challenge that norm. It’s more than that, though: They’re also eroticizing these counter-culture vulvas. As the site SexyLabia.com puts it: “[This] marks the end of the labia shame and the beginning of an age where you as a woman can also be proud to be ‘endowed.’” Just, let’s refrain from pulling out the rulers.

 

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow@tracyclarkflory on Twitter.

 
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