I want my labia cut off!

I want my labia cut off!

There are 184 comments on the www.viceland.com story from Jan 17, 2009, titled I want my labia cut off!. In it, www.viceland.com reports that:

Heather Leach,a filmmaker from Rochdale, in the north of England, recently plunged herself headfirst into the murky world of vaginoplasty, or “voluntarily having a plastic surgeon chop off your labia.” We talked to her about what she found, and it was quite revealing, if not something you should read if you’re eating lunch right now (especially anything with roast beef or pastrami in it).

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“Ignore the trolls”

Since: Oct 08

India

#65 Jan 26, 2009
Amika wrote:
Read the comments under the article, some of them are disgusting. Those comments (under the article on the link) are the reason why so many girls are getting it done.
I would have to disagree. The reason there is demand for this type of unnecessary surgery is the same as the rise in teenage (particularly female) anorexia and bulimia. We have become obsessed with image as portrayed in the media - and porn is part of this. Variety is the spice of life, unless there is a medical reason for surgery (male or female), why do it? Having said that - each to their own, but if she wants it done, don't expect me to pay for the mutilation on the National Heath Service - go private.

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#66 Jan 26, 2009
mad baker wrote:
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By removing the foreskin you reduce the amount of fluid that is carried away from the female. Since HIV is contained in this fluid... Removing the foreskin does not "keratinize" the penis any more than the rest of your exposed skin is hardened. The only difference is in the lubrication that the foreskin supplies, which is easily corrected for with other commercial products.
I don't like how we've abducted this thread, but I can't let some of these things go...

Are you serious about this quote??? "Removing the foreskin does not "keratinize" the penis any more than the rest of your exposed skin is hardened."

That's just crazy MB... there is a HUUUGE difference b/w "the rest of your skin" and skin containing a mucous membrane. The glans of your penis is more similar to the inside of your eyelid or nasal passages than your arm/leg/face skin etc. What do you think would happen to your eyelids/nasal passages if they were constantly exposed and rubbed?

Here is a site that describes it...

http://www.noharmm.org/IDcirc.htm#keratinizat...
JustSpeaksTruth8 8

United States

#67 Jan 29, 2009
thick labia are hideous and disgusting
they're the only bad part about going down on a girl
Roxanne

UK

#68 Feb 3, 2009
I had my labia cut and my vagina made smaller in colombia with www.cosmeticharmony.com they made me look so refreshed my husband loves it
lyle

Christchurch, New Zealand

#69 Feb 14, 2009
Lnc wrote:
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And I totally agree with you on the circumcision issue, completely unnecessary. Its the 'locker room' syndrome.
I have 2 boys and refused to get it done. My first son was born at the Indian hospital, its against their belief to circumcise. Two weeks after he was born my family and husband at the time threw such a fit that I finally gave in. Torture!!
The second was the same situation, but done at a non-Indian hospital the same day he was born. Its such a stupid thing to do in these times. We don't have hygiene issues like they did 100 years ago, we don't need to force our kids through that. I regret allowing it, but everyone else was so passionate about having it done for some reason?
It is sadly true that millions of American families simply cannot accept that the penis comes with foreskin. The foreskin is seen as dirty, disgusting, and sexually weird. Of course, it is routine circumcision that is the weird fetish.

Getting back on topic, no woman should have plastic surgery done on her vulva unless she has serious discomfort when she exercises, or problems with peeing.(I have never heard of any cases of either.) I am sure that swimsuits can be designed to protect the modesty of women well endowed down below. And any man who cannot respect and appreciate the particulars of the vulva of a woman he respects and enjoys in all other ways, is unworthy of her.
LabiaPlasticSurg eon

AOL

#70 Feb 14, 2009
Who are you to say not to do do a Labiadectomy. Have you seen some of those labia that women possess, some are really thickened and hangs quite a bit down. It is painful for them to have it rubbing against their tighter pants or jeans. Besides imagine a pair of labia mayora hanging there when she's having sex, spreading herself to her heartthrob man and her vulva is covered with "elephant like ears" or OK Barack Obama's ears. You would be distressed too. Besides a labiadectomy can make an middle older woman young again if she wants to be sexually active, because it will look like one is in their 20's or 30's again. Besides too much labia can make you look like you have a big Cameltoe on a womans crotch.
lyle wrote:
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It is sadly true that millions of American families simply cannot accept that the penis comes with foreskin. The foreskin is seen as dirty, disgusting, and sexually weird. Of course, it is routine circumcision that is the weird fetish.
Getting back on topic, no woman should have plastic surgery done on her vulva unless she has serious discomfort when she exercises, or problems with peeing.(I have never heard of any cases of either.) I am sure that swimsuits can be designed to protect the modesty of women well endowed down below. And any man who cannot respect and appreciate the particulars of the vulva of a woman he respects and enjoys in all other ways, is unworthy of her.
Trevor

Christchurch, New Zealand

#71 Feb 15, 2009
The bigger the labia, the more there is to love. If she can exercise and pee without discomfort, leave them alone. Women well endowed down there should not wear tight pants, and should select their bathing gear with care. Otherwise no worries, no "distress."
Brenda

AOL

#72 Feb 15, 2009
Roxanne wrote:
I had my labia cut and my vagina made smaller in colombia with www.cosmeticharmony.com they made me look so refreshed my husband loves it
Were you back into a virgin again LOL
LauraB

AOL

#74 Feb 18, 2009
David wrote:
A female circumcision (labia/hodd removal, not the even more grotesque version)
http://www.circlist.com/femalecirc/femimages/...
and the whole page for info
http://www.circlist.com/femalecirc/anatfemale...
Why anyone would want to do any of this is beyond me. We should celebrate individuality.
Interesting, but I am for leaving them all alone. personally they look better in natural form
john

United States

#75 Feb 20, 2009
There's nothing wrong with large inner labia as long as they don't cause too much discomfort for a woman. A plastic surgeon can reduce the size of a woman's labia if that's what she really wants, but I've never heard any woman complain about the size of her labia. It's called "female circumcision" in some parts of the world, but that's not really what it is. Chopping them off is definitely not a good idea. A woman can't enjoy sex very much at all without her labia. I saw a video once of an African family practicing female circumsion. A group of women in the village held a young girl down and one of them cut off her labia with a knife. She was screaming in pain. I think that should be illegal in every part of the world. Egypt recently made forced female circumcision illegal, but it still happens a lot in Kenya. Here is an article about forced female circumcision in Africa. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/medical_not...
andy

United States

#76 Feb 20, 2009
There are some cute labia in that photo. Going from left to right, I guess 11 and 12 look the best to me. I don't like the second one and the last one though. A few of those labia look like they have piercings too. Ouch! Shaving or waxing is enough for me.
andy

United States

#77 Feb 20, 2009
I guess 9 and 16 look the best out of the "large labia" category. 23 looks the oddest though. Where are the labia in that photo? I don't see them.
andy

United States

#78 Feb 20, 2009
It looks like the clitoris and the inner labia have been completely removed in photo 23.
Brad

AOL

#79 Mar 18, 2009
Pardon my ignorance, but what is removed in female circumcision. We know in men/boys they just remove the foreskin. So what about in women, they remove the hood covering the clitoris or remove the clitoris completely?

“Panty Pixie”

Since: Sep 08

Kihei, HI

#80 Mar 19, 2009
Clitoridectomy, or female circumcision, is when parts or all of the female genitalia are removed. It is an ancient practice in various parts of the world. Some of these cultures also perform infibulation--the sewing together of the labia majora.
David

UK

#81 Mar 19, 2009
F_I_N_E wrote:
Clitoridectomy, or female circumcision, is when parts or all of the female genitalia are removed. It is an ancient practice in various parts of the world. Some of these cultures also perform infibulation--the sewing together of the labia majora.
Some people also use the term female circumcision to refer to a "hoodectomy", removal of the clitoral hood to leave the clitoris exposed (although a why a girl would want to get that done is beyond me).

However, F_I_N_E's description is the one most commonly refered to and quite rightly considered repugnnant in Western societies.

“What's this bit for, then?”

Since: Feb 09

Adelaide SA

#82 Mar 19, 2009
F_I_N_E wrote:
Clitoridectomy, or female circumcision, is when parts or all of the female genitalia are removed. It is an ancient practice in various parts of the world. Some of these cultures also perform infibulation--the sewing together of the labia majora.
The irony of the use of the term circumcision in this context is that there *is* a surgical procedure that *is* a genuine equivalent of male circumcision where the clitoral hood is partly removed to allow women who's hood is too thick and/or tight to obtain sexual pleasure ... but I cannot recall for the present the name of the procedure, just that it was pioneered in the 20s or 30s

“Panty Pixie”

Since: Sep 08

Kihei, HI

#83 Mar 19, 2009
Viktor Renquist wrote:
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The irony of the use of the term circumcision in this context is that there *is* a surgical procedure that *is* a genuine equivalent of male circumcision where the clitoral hood is partly removed to allow women who's hood is too thick and/or tight to obtain sexual pleasure ... but I cannot recall for the present the name of the procedure, just that it was pioneered in the 20s or 30s
I am not being perverse in saying this, but I would like to see a picture of a hood deemed in need of such a procedure. Also, if the modern term springs up in your mind...I wanna google it.

“Panty Pixie”

Since: Sep 08

Kihei, HI

#84 Mar 19, 2009
David wrote:
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Some people also use the term female circumcision to refer to a "hoodectomy", removal of the clitoral hood to leave the clitoris exposed (although a why a girl would want to get that done is beyond me).
However, F_I_N_E's description is the one most commonly refered to and quite rightly considered repugnnant in Western societies.
Yet it is still performed in this country illegally. I am wondering if the recent craze for cutting labia off is making the more traditional forms of...er...mutilation more acceptable. Part of the reasoning, even centuries ago, was to make female genitalia more 'aesthetically-pleasing'. Just a thought....

“What's this bit for, then?”

Since: Feb 09

Adelaide SA

#85 Mar 19, 2009
F_I_N_E wrote:
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I am not being perverse in saying this, but I would like to see a picture of a hood deemed in need of such a procedure. Also, if the modern term springs up in your mind...I wanna google it.
I know you aren't. I remember reading about it and felt it deserved mention because of the inherent double standard in using the term circumcision to refer to two such radically different procedures ... the removal of the foreskin versus female genital mutilation and infibulation.

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