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Vatooing (the Vagina Tattoo) Seems Bad For Intercourse Orgasms

On Jezebel this morning, I found this video about “vatooing” which the woman at the salon in the video describes as “literally a tattoo for your vagina.” As Jezebel’s Tracie points out, this makes no sense. After all, that the vagina is the inside part (the birth canal), the vulva is the outside part and the temporary tattoos they showed in the video are placed at the top of the mons pubis/lower abdomen area. I guess it’s just an attempt to steal some pageviews from the vajazzling folks (who were never bedazzling the vagina anyway, but the mons pubis part of the vulva). Can we get some vulva education please? Continue Reading →

Vibrator Play, Genital Diversity, Pornland, Sex Toys For Moms & Online Ed

Some (mostly) sex things of note:

- The San Francisco Chronicle looks at sex toy gatherings for moms (and references our research team’s vibrator study)
- The Vibrator Play takes DC! I may check this out on an upcoming trip. – There’s an interesting-sounding Queering the Countryside conference to be held this Fall in Bloomington
- Lifehacker tells you how to get access to the best free university classes online (I’ve checked some of these out and particularly loved an anatomy lecture from a Berkeley professor)
- In one Ohio town, churchgoers and strippers stage counter-protests
- Christopher Walken moves out of his understudy role and guest hosts an NPR show
- The New View Campaign announces its upcoming day-long conference on genital diversity and female genital cosmetic surgery
- I learn what Amituofo means after someone Tweets it to me 
- Jezebel reports on a man who wanted to love Eat Pray Love, but you know… – Newsweek asks if porn has highjacked our sexuality? – A federal court reluctantly upholds a sex abuse conviction, as reported by the New York Times Continue Reading →

For crying out loud, they’re called the labia majora!! (aka Down with the Cuchini)

Today I caught a glimpse of the brazilliant iPhone panty prototypes featured on Gizmodo with the “slide to unlock” imagery (click the above link if you are not an iPhone user or otherwise don’t get it). (Btw, I would TOTALLY wear these).  

The post was later followed by one about the Cuchini , a product that apparently aims to “smooth the ridges of a woman’s mons pubis”. Except, um, Ms. Cuchini Inventress (they are said to be invented by women), they are called labia majora – as in, outer vaginal lips. That’s where women have texture and get the so-called camel toe from – not from the mons pubis. In fact, a Cuchini would likely only enhance the appearance of the mons pubis which otherwise lays flat or slightly curved in somewhat line with a woman’s abdomen. Not only that, but some women actually pay big bucks to further flatten their mons pubis via a removal of fat (which is an entirely different story for another day, lovely readers). Continue Reading →

Surgery down where? Cosmetic surgery on women’s vaginas and vulvas


In recent years, cosmetic surgery on women’s genitals has been increasingly marketed and made available by doctors around the world. These include a vaginal tightening procedure and labiaplasty (a procedure used to reduce the size of the labia minora/inner vaginal lips). A difficult thing about these procedures is that there are very little published data about them. If you want cosmetic surgery on your nose, breasts, stomach or thighs you can information about safety and effectiveness. Not so much with the female genital cosmetic surgeries which has prompted critical pieces in SELF magazine, The New York Times (in 2004 and 2007), and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Continue Reading →

Designer vagina surgeries for tighter vaginas, smaller labia and more

Check news stands for the recent issue of SELF magazine in which I, along with a few folks, discuss the controversies around “designer vagina” cosmetic surgeries. As you may know, laser vaginal rejuvenation is an increasingly common (but still relatively rare) surgery intended to reduce the size of the vagina, thus helping women to potentially feel more sensation during sex. Labia minora reduction (also called labiaplasty) is intended to reduce the size of the labia minora via the use of lasers. As little research has been conducted on these surgeries, if you are considering having either done, I would strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a trained healthcare provider (such as a gynecologist or plastic surgeon) who has done a large number of these surgeries, and is willing to provide you with references. Also, if you are considering them, check in with your own healthcare provider for his or her thoughts on how these surgeries may or may not be beneficial for you as again, we lack good long-term safety data on the surgeries at the moment. Continue Reading →