"What is different about Jamie McCartney's work is the fact that The Great Wall of Vagina seeks to glorify the body without idealizing it, by describing in intimate detail, the individual nature of women's bodies. In essence, these portraits are as much a self-portrait as a face -- each is entirely individual. And this is something that is news to many people.
McCartney sought to oppose the notion of a singularly "perfect" female aesthetic, as advocated by private plastic surgeons and the pornography industry alike, which does not allow for naturally occurring diversity and, as McCartney argues, beauty."
The Great Wall of Vagina was unveiled in mid-2011 by artist Jamie McCartney. This artwork is comprised of 400 plaster cast vaginas, broken into ten panels of 40; this artefact is just one of these panels. Women from all aspects of life volunteered to be a part of this project, with mothers, daughters, twins and transsexuals just some of the women involved. Despite his efforts, McCartney was not able to find a participant who had experienced female genital mutilation to participate however. Constructed over a five year period, participants were aged between eighteen and seventy-six. (McCartney, 2011).
The Public Health Issue
When the topic of labiaplasty is first discussed, the public health issue is not always apparent. This is due to the overwhelming sense of agency present, as this is considered to be a cosmetic procedure that a woman chooses to have (Davis, 2002). However, when more in depth research is undertaken, it becomes evident that women from all aspects of the world are feeling the social pressure to have the perfect vagina, what has become known as the ‘designer vagina’- thus indicating that the need to conform to a social structure is creating a public health problem for women, both emotionally and physically.
While labiaplasty is increasingly popular, it remains controversial, sparking debate within the medical profession broadly, among specialists, and in wider society. The surgery is relatively unregulated and frequently botched, as indicated by the staggering number of clinics that advertise discreet revisions of bungled previous surgeries. At the same time, detractors claim that women have been manipulated by the media to believe in a mythical “perfect vagina.” Some women undergo labiaplasty for medical or practical reasons—large labia can cause irritation and pain during sex and exercise—but the vast majority elect to undergo the surgery for cosmetic purposes, anxious to achieve a more attractive genital area. The desired “look” is consistently that of a smaller, less obtruding vulva, with “neat,” even labia, and this “streamlined” ideal is becoming increasingly minimalist.
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