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On the Increase... Plastic Surgery Below the Belt

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Article by Laura Fitzpatrick Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008

Appalled at the popularity of so-called designer vaginas, a grass-roots organization called the New View Campaign staged its first-ever protest on Monday outside New York City's Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery. Two dozen women — ranging in age from teenagers to, ahem, sexagenarians — handed out index cards and held up orange poster boards with the message "No Two Alike," while two members of the group donned giant cloth vulva costumes. New View, which was created in 2000 in response to the introduction of Viagra, is trying to fight what it calls "the medicalization of sex," the idea that there is a physical right and wrong when it comes to all things sexual. Says the group's leader Leonore Tiefer, a sexologist and psychologist at New York University: "Promoting a very narrow definition of what women's genitals ought to look like — even for those women who don't want surgery, it harms them." (See the Top 10 Medical Missteps.)

The number of women getting genital cosmetic surgery is still relatively small, with as few as 1,000 women in the U.S. going under the knife each year and 800 in the U.K. But the pace is accelerating: in the U.S., the number of women getting these procedures, which often cost upwards of $5,000 at clinics from Texas to Kansas to California, increased 20% from 2005 to 2006. In the U.K., the number of surgeries more than doubled between 2002 and 2007. And for the first time, a U.S. medical textbook on women's reproductive health to be published in 2009 will include a chapter devoted entirely to female genital plastic surgery. The media have been doing their part to get the word out too. Post-op patients regularly extol their newly improved sex lives in women's magazines. Dr. Robert Rey, star of E!'s Dr. 90210, is big on vaginoplasty, and this fall NBC's Lipstick Jungle featured an episode about G-spot enhancement (via collagen injection).

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Reader Comments (5)

This is almost too similar to the female genital mutilation occurring in central Africa. While this is of considerable concern because females experience unbearable pain as a result of the process, we should be looking at our own culture in regards to female genital mutilation. Ours is not connected to religion or tradition, but to what some may call "progress" of beauty.
May 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
this is to, ~*Chicken Wing Queen*~

How can you say you hate skinny woman? This site is about accepting women for their REAL bodies, and some woman can't help being thin. I'm thin and I wish I had more curves, but no matter how much I eat or what I do, I stay skinny. I don't go around saying I hate bigger woman. I think that's disgusting to say things like that.
May 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterits me

Are we going to have to get Eve Ensler to not just do "Vagina Monologues" but "Labia Monologues" as well? My Goddess! This is absolutely ridiculous.

Going to a gym to exercise, work out and sweat out toxins in order to feel healthier inside and out is one thing, but to purposefully go to a cosmetic surgeon just because someone has tried to "define" what the most "beautiful" labia/vulva should look like? Puh-leeeeeze!

I feel really bad for the women who think they have to buy into every superficial idea of what beauty is, above OR below the belt. I struggle with my weight due to a congenital thyroid problem, but I do my darndest to eat as healthy as I can (which isn't always easy) and exercise. This wasn't always the case, but I'm doing better. But I didn't decide to make myself over because of the media pressure. Hell no. I decided to do so because I have goals for myself that require a higher level of physical stamina than I currently have.

The exercise regimen I've started has resulted in my feeling more confident and sexy regardless of what my lady-parts look like. In fact, even before I set my personal life-career goals, I never once had the notion that I needed to change what I look like down there. I truly do NOT see the point of it. At all.

And just WHO decided there should be a set "beauty standard" for lady-parts anyway? And WHY???? To feed their own incessant desires for perfection that they do not see in themselves? Or is it to feed a cosmetic surgeon's lust for a third or fourth Ferrari in the driveway, or more money in the bank so they can take yet another day off work to play golf? If you wanna play golf, retire with your millions already!
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