Vulva Artist Transforms Perceptions

The British artist Jamie McCartney has set out to quell anxieties about female body image. This month, the artist cast hundreds of women’s vulvas in Boulder, Colorado, to create a new sculpture. His working process was broadcast live on the internet during the week-long Red Tent Revival, a free online festival for women. “Don’t change your parts, change your partner,” is McCartney’s adage. When he learned years ago that labiaplasty, or the surgical reduction of the labia, is one of the fastest growing surgeries in the UK and the US, he thought: “I like labia! … This is fascism. This is the industries who are invested in making women feel shit about themselves.”

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