It can help with body image anxiety. Now, her latest work puts vulvas and vaginas in the spotlight thanks to her new book Womanhood: The Bare Reality and forthcoming Channel 4 documentary: Vaginas. And when women share intimate photos and deeply personal experiences relating to their vaginas, the result is a tender yet taboo-exploding message of women reclaiming their womanhood. I think a part of me was shying away from that intimacy because I would have to address my own related experiences. The correct language and understanding of female genitalia is so important to me: the vulva is the whole external package, the vagina is a muscular tube which leads from the cervix the neck of the womb down to the vulva. Later, a BBC report about girls as young as nine seeking labiaplasty — surgery that involves the lips of the vagina being shortened or reshaped — because they were distressed by its appearance, had Laura reaching for her camera again.
Across the course of a year, Laura took photos of the vulvas for her book Womanhood: The Bare Reality, and spoke to each person about what their vulva means to them. Some of the women involved have also been featured in a film for Channel 4 called Vaginas. Then she examined masculinity by photographing penises for Manhood. And after that, Laura considered the project complete. But reading about Female Genital Mutilation, the number of women speaking surgery on their vulvas and the language around how we refer to female body parts made Laura reconsider. The vagina is internal, leading from the cervix to the vulva.
From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Reasonator Scholia Statistics. Media in category "Labeled photographs of human female genitalia" The following files are in this category, out of total. A vulva with anatomical description.