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Share Your Vulva for the Sake of Art and Awareness

I recently came across a post on my dashboard on Tumblr from an art student seeking pictures of vulvas, and figured I’d try signal-boosting her request on here. As our own Dr Debby Herbenick is a vulva-loving super star (her latest book is called Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva) I was hoping some of you readers would help out Kaitlyn W.

If you go to the Tumblr page Kaitlyn has created, she explains that her art project will entail making black and white watercolor portraits of a variety of vulvas. Even if you don’t help out Kaitlyn (I totally understand being a little hesitant to send a picture of your vulva via email – you could always create a random email address if you are concerned but still want to help), I think that this is a very interesting project! Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor and find Holly, the author of this post, @ItsHollyAgain Continue Reading →

Best Sex Resources for College Students

When people come into my dorm room and check out my bookshelf, they’re usually shocked by how many sex-related books I’ve got. They take up entire shelf, and I’m quite proud of that! But my friends often ask me which ones are the best. So, I thought I’d share my opinions with you all. Here are my top sex resources for college students (other than MSP, of course)! Continue Reading →

The Right To Keep Your Pubes: A Feminist Perspective on Shaving For Labor

This semester I’m taking a class called The Anthropology of Reproduction. It has opened my eyes to a range of new perspectives on birth, motherhood, and the role of the doctor. Something that particularly struck me was a common fact that was unbeknownst to me: that in the past, upon entering the hospital, most laboring mothers had their pubic hair shaven by a nurse. This brought up a lot of questions for me. Is it at all medically beneficial to remove the hair down there? Continue Reading →

The Vulva Puppet’s Big Day Out In London

As many regular MSP readers know, the Wondrous Vulva Puppet is one of my favorite traveling companions. I’ve spent most of the (Northern Hemisphere) summer visiting family and friends in far-flung places and predictably, brought my favorite teaching tool in my carry-on. This time, the Vulva Puppet made an appearance in London, England. For your enjoyment, here’s trio of photos to document her latest adventure. Continue Reading →

True Blood and Weeds- Hopping on the Gay Train?

We all know what we’re getting into when we tune into shows like Queer Eye, The L Word, Queer as Folk, and (yes, I’m embarrassed to admit this in such a public sphere but I do watch it) The Real L Word. But recently, shows that aren’t necessarily marketed solely to the gay community have been hopping on the gay train (think Glee, Modern Family, even the OC back in the day). To my delight, the summer season has brought about some lesbian love on two of my favorite cable shows, Weeds and True Blood. According to each season opener, some of the main characters have been getting some lady-lovin. Fast forward a year on True Blood and Tara has become a champion wrestler, and just-so-happens to be dating her sexy opponent (you can read about it on Autostraddle). Continue Reading →

Julyna: Grow or Groom Your Pubic Hair for a Cause

Some time ago, so the story goes, Vanessa Willson and her friends were talking about how men grow mustaches during “Movember” to raise money for cancer-related causes (typically, prostate cancer causes). Why can’t women do the same, they wondered, in regard to their pubic hair, however – not facial hair. They weren’t sure what to call this month of pubic hair creativity for a cause (muffember? vulvember?) and finally settled on doing it in July and called it Julyna, pronounced “Joo-line-ah” like “vagina.” I would have preferred they go with “Vulvember” as this isn’t really about the vagina, but hair on the vulva (the vagina is the inside part, the birth canal). Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

Where In The World Is The Wondrous Vulva Puppet? Hawaii Edition

The Wondrous Vulva Puppet is becoming quite the globe trotter. First China, then New York, and now Hawaii! Not about to miss an opportunity for a vulva puppet post, I snapped this photo while visiting Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Can you see Diamond Head in the background? All it needs is a drink with an umbrella and it’s a perfect Spring break postcard. Continue Reading →

Your Vulva is Perfect: A Poem

In*Touch, my school’s sexual health education group, recently put on an awesome event called the Alternative Vagina Monologues. We invited the community to come and speak out about their vaginas, experiences, sexuality, opinions, etc. in a safe space. Though I was unable to attend the event, I heard that we had some really awesome speakers. Here’s a little poem I wrote for the event:

Your Vulva is Perfect
Your vulva is perfect
Yes, it is true
Whether pink and voluptuous
Veiny and blue
Trimmed, waxed, natural
or totally bare
Your vulva is perfect
It’s lovely down there! Continue Reading →