While I was reading up on the scientific literature covering (or uncovering) crotch shaving, I discovered some really interesting papers. One of my favorites was:
The Female Genital Self-Image Scale (FGSIS): Results from a Nationally Representative Probability Sample of Women in the United States. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 158–166, January 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02071.x
I was really happy to read their conclusions, since, frankly, it’s not what I would have predicted:
“Most of the participants felt generally positively about their genitals”
I have covered the practice of labioplasty and vaginal rejuvenation here before; as well as the amazing ignorance of students about just how those parts work (or what they are called). So, I was really happy to find out that I might be overly pessimistic about the State of the Nation’s collective Hoo Ha.
The paper I mentioned above asked participants to answer 4 questions, using a 4-point response scale (Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree).
1. I am satisfied with the appearance of my genitals
2. I would feel comfortable letting a sexual partner look at my genitals
3. I think my genitals smell fine
4. I am not embarrassed about my genitals
Not surprisingly, women who answered all questions positively were more likely to have a happy sex life. Because I have the humor sensibilities of a pre-teen, though, I can’t read those questions without snickering. (I also happen to think this dress is hilarious, and this is probably the only place I can work that link in with some context.)
How about you? Are YOU satisfied with the appearance of your genitals? How would you score yourself? What would you change, if you could change something?