I was really moved by a poetry performance reading I saw over at Eilleen's blog.
I was also intensely disgusted by this documentary over at Hungry Beast. Disgusted by the Australian censorship laws making girls feel abnormal, imperfect, unworthy. I'm saddened that its a subject so taboo that in reality there will doubtfully be enough protest about it to effect any changes for the better. Well pardon me, but fuck some stuffy organisation who thinks that the image of a real vagina is too obscene to be seen. What is obscene is surgically and digitally altering the very essence of a woman to conform to the concept of someone's idea of 'discreet genital detail'. They call it being 'healed to a single crease' its not being healed, its being disfigured, and it in turn is disfiguring our perception of ourselves.
Being interested in women’s rights, sociology and anthropology and all issues related, for some time now, I went on a little yoni journey on the internet and came across a number of stories, reports and documentaries - many positive, some not, but inline with the whole self image issue women and girls face, this docco really hit home about how silly our insecurities can be, and that with just a little communication and a sense of community amongst women, we can turn dogma, stigma and taboo subjects on their heads so that no woman or girl should ever feel abnormal or unworthy.
Free to watch, THE PERFECT VAGINA should be compulsory viewing for all women.
If we can not see the inherent beauty in ourselves and each other, if we can not talk openly about our bodies, and stand together in protest when images of our bodies are disfigured and averred as obscene, what chance do our daughters have?
So please, take the time to watch these documentaries, they're free to view for a reason, share them with your mothers, your grandmothers, your sisters, your daughters and friends. And get angry! You've got a reason to be. And once you're angry enough,
You can contact the OFLC at:
Office of Film and Literature Classification (Australia)
Levels 5 and 6
23-33 Mary Street
Locked Bag 3
Haymarket NSW 1240
Telephone (02) 9289 7100
Facsimile (02) 9289 7101