Because they’re stupid honey

Another in our ever popular series of questions in Guardian headlines that we can answer:

Why do girls want labiaplasty?

Of course, this being Jessica Valenti that can’t be the reason.

22 thoughts on “Because they’re stupid honey”

  1. I haven’t read the article, but is it my fault? I’m a straight, white, male so I’m used to everything, sorry, most things being my fault. And everything that’s not my fault is Maggie’s fault.

  2. It’s a bit contradictory; the article says it’s the patriarchy, of course, but the illustration suggests some women suffer from having vulvas like giant flowers. No-one wants triffid bits…

  3. The article is very dim, but not as dim as some of the commenters.

    Lord, though, Valenti has spun so much work from the starting point of ‘no woman makes her own decisions about life: it’s all external factors pushing them to do something”

  4. Of course this, along with 90% of other problems, is the fault of men.

    If women did not biologically have to have lips that could a scrotum sac had they made the journey from default female to male, their lips would presumably be much smaller. Ergo it is the fault of males who should atone by cutting their own ball sacs off.

  5. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells

    Chris Miller:

    That his wife could never be satisfied.
    So he made a machine that ran on steam
    Two great big balls, filled with cream.

    etc

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Come on. It is not as if there is a man on the planet who cares.[1] Some photographers aside.

    Some women simply have too much money.

    [1] Presumably because they are even divided between those that are grateful for any, those that are too tired for anything, and those who are actually thinking about how to ask for a blow job.

  7. Jessica should reassure all the world’s young women that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

  8. SMFS: That would be nice if it was true, but I’ve met too many women who were rejected because they had large labia. Apparently some people think that large cunt lips are a sign of a stretched out wizard’s sleeve due to promiscuity. Which is idiotic of course, but that’s people for you.

  9. There’s a paucity of numbers in the Guardian article. Linking through to the New York Times we find a figure of 400/year, which is lower than the number of M-to-F transexual operations (800-1000/year). (All figures relate to the US only.)

    Congratulations to the Guardian on finding an issue even less consequential than men in skirts peeing in the wrong toilet.

  10. Matthew L,
    Sounds like a handy excuse. “It’s not you, it’s your labia.” More original than blaming the cat.

  11. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke in Germany – “Jessica should reassure all the world’s young women that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”

    That’s what I always say. But for some reason when I explain what I would like to put inside them they scream sexual harassment.

    Matthew L – “That would be nice if it was true, but I’ve met too many women who were rejected because they had large labia.”

    As with penis size, by the time anyone is in a position to know, it is too late.

    This looks like a rationalization. I mean, seriously, apart from striking a pose, why would anyone care?

  12. Matthew L

    “but I’ve met too many women who were rejected because they had large labia”

    Interesting – is that a sort of chat up line…

  13. A newspaper article recently claimed that an increasing number of women are having this procedure carried out because of problems when they are cycling! So it may not entirely be due to “self image”…

  14. “Jessica should reassure all the world’s young women that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.”

    Yes I like it. Coming from her that would indeed be reassuring.

  15. “That’s what I always say. But for some reason when I explain what I would like to put inside them they scream sexual harassment.”

    For some utterly unfathomable reason that does not surprise me of you.

  16. microdave, spot on. I read articles about how painful long distance cycling can be for women with these big bits rubbing against the saddle. Looking at the picture of author of the Guardian it is almost a given that she will not be able to balance that big bottom on a bicycle and has no idea what she is talking about.

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