Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Designer Vagina

When you read the title of my post you have to hear me say it in my Boston accent either, designa vagina or designer vaginer. This is about the only humorous part of a quite serious subject. I recently saw an article on the rise of the "designer vagina." It seems that women, or I suspect their partners, are not happy with the way their vagina looks. And so the trend is to go to a plastic surgeon and have any asymmetry, extra skin, or such be removed, shaped or "tidied up." It seems that once again, negative body image is not only raising its ugly head, but employing the scalpel as well.

The vagina, just like the penis, has four functions going from the purely physical to a realm of alchemy, communion,and energy. The vagina's four functions are:

1. urination
2. reproduction
3. pleasure and love
4. the refinement and transmission of energy

These four functions can be looked at in a linear fashion or in a holistic, deepening awareness. The penis, with the same four functions, seems to be at quite a disadvantage. Like three railroad companies sharing one railroad track, the penis has to perform all its functions with the same organ, and the same opening.This is why the Tao of Love teaches men to urinate before sexual relations and to not force urination after. We have to give our organ time to change functions. To switch the track per se.

Not the vagina. The vagina is like an orchestra with different sections able to play one or many parts. The vaginal opening serves the purpose of reproduction. The urethral opening is for urination. The labia, vaginal opening, vaginal walls, and even the cervix are capable of giving great pleasure and love. And sitting atop "Mount Venus" is a most unique part, the clitoris. The clitoris does nothing for urination or reproduction but is solely in the realm of pleasure and love.A barbaric African custom, an early version of the designer vagina, is female circumcision: the brutal act of removing a young girl's clitoris, often without anesthesia. (Of course these crimes are perpetuated upon young girls mostly by the women in their family and culture, but that is the  subject of a future blog.) How horrible! To remove the part of the vagina whose function is solely for the possessor's pleasure. Controlling pleasure. Some studies have reported though, that the nerves that run up from the clitoris can still give the woman pleasure and be quite capable of achieving orgasm. Controlling looks, controlling pleasure, Mother Nature is still the boss.

Again, it's negative body image leading us to these ridiculous acts, opinions, and misconceptions. Being more concerned with how something looks than it functions. What would extra skin, or an asymmetrical shape, have to do with the vagina's functions? I personally think this has to do with fear, ignorance, and misunderstanding. Could it be that men are afraid of the sight of a fully functional adult woman's vagina? Is there insecurity and ignorance enough to make them have their partner alter their physical form? Does a lack of knowledge of the physiology and function of the vagina make someone want to conform it to simple looks? Or is it all about control and subjugation stemming from the fact that women are the  keepers of the secret of love and men try to use their power to unlock that secret when all they really need to do, is ask. Or learn. Or simply be. I see the designer vagina as a completely male idea.Or are women really afraid of how their vaginas look?

There are many good books in which you can learn all the various functions of a vagina. In addition to any biology or science book relating to the bare-bones physiology of the vagina, I would recommend the following  book:

Healing Love Through the Tao:Cultivating Female Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia,

So, get a mirror, and look at your vagina, or look at your partner's vagina if you are so blessed, and see it for all it's beauty and wonder.

Disclaimer: No male egos were harmed in the writing of this blog!

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