Revealing it All

A few weeks ago, while traveling in South Africa, I came across this statue in a shop in Cape Town. It was described as “the Protective Pose” and is said to be from the Benue region of Nigeria. Unlike any other figure I saw in the store (and there were very many), this is the only one I spotted that had (a) hair placed on it as pubic hair and (b) somewhat obviously shaped genitalia (though in all fairness, the friends I was with walked right by it without noticing – I guess I’m pretty vulva-primed to notice such this). The clitoris, as you can see, is painted red. The labia are also clearly drawn. The cost? About $3600 at the time we were visiting.

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About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.