Of the various topics that cause concern for individuals trying to raise the status of women internationally, circumcision and ritual mutilation have long been considered a crime of horrendous proportions. Unlike male circumcision, which is primarily health-related and performed early in life, female genital rites are done as the girl approaches puberty and lacks the justification of health issues.
While within the medical community male circumcision, except in the case of religion, goes in and out of style, no obstetrician would even consider the procedure for a girl. Vaginal circumcision is an act of unnecessary violence used to mark a woman as property, and reduce the amount of pleasure she can receive from sex.
Since her purpose is to provide babies to any prospective husband, enjoyment is not considered a prerequisite for procreation. The theory is that denial of pleasure will keep her from wandering, and of course the physical marks will let any other man know she is somebody else’s property.
In North America, we are far too sophisticated to allow that sort of practice to occur. Our enlightened society would never allow women to be so maltreated, at least, not without their permission. Now comes the news that the latest fad in plastic surgery is vaginal modifications.
Once your lips are right, your hips are fine, and your breasts just perky enough, the final touch-up required is that little nip and tuck to give you the perfect vagina. The Globe and Mail reports that Dr. David Matlock of Los Angeles has pioneered this latest “advancement” in the field of cosmetic surgery.
The techniques have long been known to obstetricians from their work in repairing new mother’s episiotomies. While a surgeon may have added an extra stitch to tighten the vaginal wall (called the “stitch for the husband”) on their own, actual deliberate vaginal modification was unheard of until now.
Women come to Dr. Matlock clutching pictures of how they’d like their vaginas to look. Airbrushed pictures out of porn magazines tend to be the usual references, leading one to wonder who planted the idea in their heads in the first place. Why would a woman be checking out the shape and size of another woman’s vagina?
The more likely scenario is their significant other, (not ruling out same sex partner here because sexual politics is sexual politics) has let it slip “casually” that they think so and so’s vagina looks perfect. If you are like me, you are probably still wondering how you bring this topic of conversation up casually.
Over breakfast with the morning coffee do you idly turn to your wife and say: “By the by dear, I was looking through Hustler last night and I really like Miss April’s vagina, what’s your opinion?” Unless Hustler has changed dramatically in style, as I remember you used to be able to see up into a woman’s throat with their manner of presentation, it would make an ideal visual aid for this type of comparison study.