I recently heard about this art exhibit called the “Great Wall of Vagina.” It’s pretty much as it sounds. It’s a wall covered in vaginas.

Great-Wall-of-VaginaReally, it’s a series of panels featuring plaster casts of real women’s vaginas. Now normally I don’t really like vaginal art. Maybe I’m a prude, maybe I’m just sane. Maybe I’m pissed because I had a lot of Georgia O’Keefe posters in my room as a child, and now I know they weren’t actually flowers.

Nevertheless, I really fancy the Great Wall of Vagina, even though the first sentence on the site’s “About” page sounds like something Lena Dunham would say: “Female genitalia have long been a source of fascination, recently of celebration but generally of confusion.”

I think the idea behind the Great Wall is awesome, and I was shocked to find out that it was conceived and created by a man.

The artist, Jamie McCartney, rounded up four hundred women who volunteered to have molds made of their vaginas. A diverse four hundred women at that:

“The age range of the women is from 18 to 76. Included are mothers and daughters, identical twins, transgendered men and women as well as a woman pre and post natal and another one pre and post labiaplasty.”

The point of the Great Wall is to exhibit the diversity of female genitalia. A lot of women, the artist acknowledges, feel very self-conscious about their vaginas. Because so many of the vaginal images we are exposed to tend to be either pornography or flowery paintings, many women have no sense of what is actually “normal.” The panels were made to educate people about how diverse vaginas can be. I looked at pictures of the panels, and boy did I learn about vaginal diversity!

The exhibit is currently being shown in Milan, but if you can’t make it there in time, you can see photographs of all the panels on the Great Wall of Vagina website. Check it out! (NSFW, obviously)

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