So I stumbled upon this picture on Instagram today and it really spoke to me. For me, this image has multiple meanings relating to vaginismus and female sexuality.
I love the imagery of nature, particularly flowers, eminating out and expressing how natural the female genital area is. It should not be made fun of, talked down upon or even ignored. Society has a way of looking at the female organs and seeing sex. That’s it. They see a hole they can put something into to turn people on.
However, that’s not what I see interpreted in this picture.
This picture expresses femininity, beauty and life: all things that come from a woman.
Boys are taught to receive pleasure but girls are taught, at a young age, to ignore that part of their body because it is not “lady-like.”
Why is that? Why can’t women be taught and encouraged to talk about their sexuality? Isn’t it a bit double standard to allow one sex to explore that part of themself but the other sex to be discouraged? If young girls were taught that pleasure is normal for them, some women wouldn’t struggle with anxieties of sex and end up dealing with vaginismus down the line. It would alleviate a great deal of heartbreak for them.
Sex is natural. Sex is supposed to be enjoyed and shared with loved ones. How can you expect these women, who were so strongly taught that their genitals are “dirty,” to just flip a switch and have sex with their partners? The human brain and body are a bit more complicated than that.
So now I ask you: What does this picture mean to you? How does it speak to you? What do you think of when you gaze upon it?
I’d love to hear your responses in the comment section below! ❤
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