Stuff About Vaginas.

Not a lot of words hold power like “vagina.” People think it’s obscene, gross, uncomfortable. But people sure like to talk about them. With things like labiaplasty, vagazzling, and vaginal steaming, it seems society thinks they need to look a certain way. With the rules and regulations we put on them society also wants to tell vaginas what to do.

Here’s a couple of interesting, vagina-related things I’ve found among my internet travels for your enjoyment.

1. Check out this video where gals from Buzzfeed are taught by sex and life coach Kim Anami about vaginal weightlifting. They learn how to insert a yoni egg into their vagina and lift stuff with it! Do I know all the science behind it? No. Would I try this? Definitely. I think you would too after seeing how much fun they have. Gabbi has a good point when she says, “Dudes are always like ‘oh my dick’s so big blah blah blah’ why aren’t we like, ‘my vagina is so strong!’

2. Here’s an interesting narrative about a woman who is a GTA. That stands for gynecological teaching assistant, not grand theft auto. She is essentially a live demonstration model for learning gynecologists. How cool is that? Personally, I once had a gyno put a speculum in me without any warning and it was a very dehumanizing, upsetting experience. It’s great this woman is part of teaching these future docs not only the basic anatomy, but sensitivity.

"The dreaded speculum."

“The dreaded speculum.”

3. Speaking of different ways to use your vagina- Melbourne’s Casey Jenkins, artist and self pronounced “craftivist,” is hoping to normalize vaginas in her performance art called “Casting Off My Womb.” She is sitting in a studio space, knitting with wool coming out of her vagina. This is an interesting, unique, and surprisingly adorable video.

4. Did you know it’s possible to have two vaginas? Neither did I.  YouTube personality Cassandra Bankson found out she had two vaginas after going to the doctor for kidney pain. Despite the fact that she was bleeding around 28 days per cycle (rather than the usual 3-5), Bankson is endlessly positive and an awesome role model.

 

P.S Don’t forget- your vagina is perfect just the way it is.

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#LoveYourLines

Model Chrissy Teigen is known for a lot of things- For calling out Forever 21 for fat shaming, for being beautiful, for making delicious food, for being married to John Legend, and now? For normalizing something we all have- stretch marks.

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Too often the “ideal” women we are shown in media are airbrushed, flawless creatures without a single imperfection. Chrissy is highlighting the fact that almost all women have stretch marks, regardless of what size they wear. They’re not embarrassing, bad, or ugly, they just are.

The photo has prompted a #LoveYourLines campaign online, with women sharing their tiger stripes loudly and proudly.

 

Love those lines, baby.

Love those lines, baby.

Stretch marks are something we all carry, something we accumulate through puberty, pregnancy, and just existing. They are part of the journey, maps of living. They are something nobody should be ashamed of. #LoveYourLines

Rebel Wilson, THINK over PINK.

I tried not to like Rebel Wilson. When every single person I knew was quoting her characters from Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids I wanted to be able to just roll my eyes but there is no denying the girl has got it going on. Confident, funny, and fierce, she has stolen Australia’s and now America’s hearts for good reason. The more I learn about her the bigger fan I become.

This is Rebel with Winnie,s Tanzanian schoolgirl she has sponsored for ten years.

This is Rebel with Winnie, a Tanzanian schoolgirl she has sponsored for ten years.

The latest reason to love her? Her wardrobe change during the MTV movie awards. To introduce a Pitch Perfect 2 clip she came out in a bustier (bedazzled, of course), big feathery wings, and liquid leather leggings with “THINK” slapped across the derriere. Remind you of anything?

THINK over PINK.

That’s right, you’re looking at quite the jab at the Victoria’s Secret Angels. I remember being in sixth grade when all the cool kids in school were wearing VS sweats that said “PINK” across the butt. When I asked my mother for a pair she shut that shit down so fast (Thanks, Mum!). “Why do you want to have people reading your ass? No. No. No.” she said.

A lot of people have been chastising VS for their narrow representation of women in their business. Aerie’s no retouching move, Lane Bryant’s “I’m No Angel” campaign and now this, VS is really taking a beating. And honestly, it should. VS is the epitome of unrealistic body standards. Photoshopped into oblivion, the models look just as real as actual angels. PINK is supposedly for college students, but we all have seen the middle and high school girls wearing  it. As society moves more towards body acceptance every day, VS will become an outdated relic. Rebel, you’re officially my favorite super (role) model.

Embodiment of confidence.

You go, girl.

Modcloth Gets Really, Really, Real

I am a long-time Modcloth addict.

The vintage inspired clothing, the ability to shop in my pajamas… There’s something magical about coming home to see that pretty brown and blue box sitting on your doorstep just waiting to be unwrapped.

The clothes are stylish and cute, the website runs good deals, and the models have always been pretty diverse in terms of body type, ethnicity, and I like seeing models with tattoos.

I also like posting my Modcloth treasures on Instagram, of course.

I also like posting my Modcloth treasures on Instagram, of course!

When I went to the website today, I was delighted to see that they are now running a swimsuit campaign featuring their actual employees (even co-founder Susan Gregg Koger!), in all their beautiful uniqueness.

Everyone looks beautiful when they truly believe that they are.

Everyone looks beautiful when they truly believe that they are. Rock it, ladies!

This is such a great step in the right direction, especially because Modcloth was the first company to take the anti-photoshopping pledge last year. It doesn’t get much realer than this! It’s important as consumers to think “Hey, that person looks like me!” not, “I could never look like that person” or “Maybe if I looked like that person I could be happy/beautiful/cool.”

When the media is constantly showing us what happy/beautiful/cool looks like we start to believe it. We start to feel inadequate, and uncomfortable in our own skin. It is a disservice to the beautiful vessel that enables you to love, breathe, to read these very words- your body. We need not only to support the businesses that care about showing real women, but to discourage those that feel the need to use unrealistic beauty standards to depress us into spending money. Modcloth, you’ve always had me as a shopper. Now you have my respect and admiration.