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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it: Confucius This blog is all about labia, and mostly to do with labia minora. This is a body-positive blog that aims to show that vulvas and labia of any size, shape, texture and coloration are normal and beautiful. It provides support for those who feel insecure, self-conscious, victimised or vilified about their labia. This blog is inclusive, and all people with labia are welcome, regardless of race, age, sexual preference or gender. Submissions are encouraged, but photos showing nudity are only allowed from people 18+ please. Got a question? Please read the FAQ first. NOTE: This blog shows photos depicting detailed genital nudity in a non-sexual setting, and contains written content with adult themes. WARNING: If you have a blog that mainly contains and reblogs porn, DO NOT FOLLOW this blog and DO NOT REBLOG any posts from it. Otherwise you will be blocked and reported for harassment. Visit My Other Body Positive Blog Our Breasts (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-55420132-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); - Large Labia Project (@largelabiaproject)
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Submission im a 20 year old lesbian and as you @largelabiaproject

Submission: I’m a 20 year old lesbian and as you can imagine, sex with two girls is very up close and personal to your lady parts. I have always been very self-conscious about how long my labia are and how wrinkly they are. I also have a heavy amount of discharge all the time. I’m trying to love how I look but whenever I sleep with my girlfriend I get nervous that she is disgusted about how I look.


Thanks for being brave and contributing to this project. If you have a solid relationship with your girlfriend the you have nothing to worry about. Has she given you any reason at all to think she may not like your vulva? Or does she appear to enjoy and adore it? Really she’s lucky to have someone as lovely as you, and with such a beautiful vulva as yours. Don’t worry, your labia are gorgeous - they look so delicate, soft and intricate! 

If she was disgusted with you then she probably wouldn’t be with you, and certainly wouldn’t deserve to be. That would be all about her, not you, because you are fine and normal and attractive.

And healthy discharge is normal and can vary widely in amounts from person to person. Your girlfriend has discharge too. We all do. It’s no big deal. Try not to worry about that.

Just enjoy being the awesome person you are and try not to let imaginary fears get in the way of your happiness.

Emma xo

Submission hi emma i am 19 and i am so happy @largelabiaproject

Submission: Hi, Emma! I am 19, and I am so happy you have this blog. Young me definitely could have benefited from it.

Like many, I contemplated labiaplasty as a pubescent teenager and after nasty comments from uneducated lovers, I was under the impression it was a necessity.

Now, at 19, I love my vulva in its entirety. I love my vulva and labia and every hair I have. All people with vaginas deserve this level of self acceptance and self love, and to know there is absolutely nothing wrong with them.

Do people having cosmetic surgery on their labia @largelabiaproject

Do people having cosmetic surgery on their labia really know what they are doing?

This (then) 41 year old mother of two now has vastly different looking labia minora. These photos above were the pre-op images taken by her surgeon before she had labiaplasty surgery. It’s enough to make you cry, thinking of the emotional pain that drove this person to cut off her normal labia. And they were such a beautiful part of her body.

According to the surgeon’s website she had a 20-year history of being unhappy with her vulva. These before (and-after) photos are being used by the surgeon as part of his advertising programme. The language he uses is extremely pejorative, considering she has completely normal anatomy. He says “She has long and dark labia, redundant lateral prepuce (clitoral hood), excessive and dark perineal skin. All this gives an appearance of an old vulva and vagina. Her labia are very dark and old looking before and then smaller and more youthful afterwards.” 

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The “after” photo showing her vulva post-op.

Folks it gets a bit more involved from here – referring to scientific/medical papers about the ethics of advertising and marketing tactics and labiaplasty. Please do read on though - this is important.

In their paper, “An analysis of the content and clinical implications of online advertisements for female genital cosmetic surgery”  Liao, Taghinejadi, and Creighton state that the ‘before’ photographs used by cosmetic surgeons are consistent with survey findings that most women seeking labiaplasty have labial dimensions that are completely normal. They say “negative connotations for larger labia such as ugliness, odour and irritation are strongly implied in their advertising. Such negative connotations may reinforce ‘pudendal disgust’ that is likely to encourage negative feelings towards the vulva. Negative thoughts and feelings can in turn exacerbate symptom-experience and reporting. The ‘after’ photos promote a suspiciously narrow appearance norm, that is, a smooth-skinned vulva with invisible labia minora. Findings from this study show that these sites employ a variety of techniques which aim to ‘educate’ women about the surgical solutions to potentially unknown defects in their bodies.

In the case of labiaplasty, it has been labelled as condition, designated hypertrophy of the labia minora (the measurement of which was once aimed at linking labial length to lesbianism!), is used to provide an supposed medical warrant for labial reduction. However in a published debate on labiaplasty ethics (Bachmann), it was noted that ‘‘language should be avoided that infers that the labia minora, labia majora, clitoral hood, or the mons pubis are misshaped or ugly and, through surgery, can be ‘restored’ to a more appealing size and shape.’’ However, such language is rife around FGCS [female genital cosmetic surgery]. A key challenge for women’s health professionals and educators is developing a different language for labia minora, which does not implicitly reinforce the perception that there is a normal=desirable state (i.e., ‘‘contained’’) and an undesirable and pathological state (i.e., ‘‘protruding’’).

In “Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: A Critical Review of Current Knowledge and Contemporary Debates” Virginia Braun, said that women’s accounts that they sought labiaplasty because of perceptions of abnormality and the impact of their labial appearance (or their perception thereof ) on their sex lives. What is certain is that many women seek surgery to address psychological concerns. Psychological concerns are the most important reason for women to have the size of their labia minora reduced, but even after she has been assured that it is simply congenital and that enlargement of the labia minora normally has no clinical significance, many women remain dissatisfied and suffer psychological distress.

Patient choice (autonomy) is most commonly used to ethically justify FGCS, but the concept needs broader analysis. For autonomy to operate, the coercive influences a patient needs to be free from include surgeon practices, and this covers marketing and advertising. What this means is that already emotionally traumatised women are being unduly influenced by commercially driven messages from the cosmetic surgery industry. They are therefore unlikely to be in a position to make informed decisions. Women are only being presented with surgery (labiaplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, g-spot amplification, revirginisation, and the “Barbie” rendering the vulva virtually featureless like a plastic doll’s) by scalpel or laser as the only solution to an emotional or psychological problem.

Liao, Michala and Creighton in (Labial surgery for well women: A review of the literature. 2009) very rightly say, that “where decisions to operate on healthy sex organs are triggered by a perceived defect informed by commercial pressures, where reliable information on risks and benefits is unavailable and where there is no provision of alternatives because there is no concerted effort to develop them, the ethics behind informed consent are vastly compromised.” 

Submission hi emma im 30 i love my lips i @largelabiaproject

Submission: Hi emma, I’m 30. I love my lips! I love being outside in the nude, letting the cool breeze blow across them. I like to pull on them and strech them when I masturbate. I do sometimes get some discomfort while I wear underwear though. I need to sort of tuck the right one up inside my vulva otherwise it gets tangled in my panties! I can’t wait to share them with others here so they can see how different and beautiful we all are!

Submission im 18 years old and im a virgin im @largelabiaproject

Submission: I’m 18 years old and I’m a virgin. I’m super self-conscious about my labia and have considered labiaplasty but I think that is too extreme. I’m scared to have sex because I don’t want a man to go tell all his friends about my “beef curtains”.

Submission hello emma i love your blog and have @largelabiaproject

Submission: Hello Emma, I love your blog and have been wanting to submit for quite some time. I’m a 24 year old woman who has had a very, very hard time accepting her vulva. I have always been a chubby girl, and my vulva even chubbier. I’ve never felt comfortable being intimate and that makes me sad. I’ve had two sexual partners, luckily none of them have made comments on how big she is, but I, of course, always shame myself on how I look. As you can see, I’m relatively more slimmer than my protruding mound and labia majora. Anyway, I’ve read some post here that kinda describe my situation, but no actual pictures. So here go mine. Thank you for being so accepting.

Submission i still dont think that my large @largelabiaproject

Submission:  I still don’t think that my large labia are something to be proud of and I feel ashamed. Even though 2 partners have gone down on me and didn’t say anything…

Submission great work ladies i stumbled upon @largelabiaproject

SUBMISSION: GREAT WORK LADIES!

I stumbled upon your blog while googling sporadically after watching a documentary about female perceptions on sex, called “Sexy Baby”, by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. There was one particular part that was disturbing to me; a young woman desperately wanted a labiaplasty so bad it was all she could think / talk about. and another good doc that’s out right now is “Hot Girls Wanted,” produced by Rashida Jones.   

Flash forward to me - I’m 28 years old, from the US, 5'1 102 lb.  I’ve always known my labia minor were somewhat “large,” but no one really ever complained. Then my current boyfriend actually makes remarks about them, but to the effect of loving how large and “succulent” they are to him. Haha, you’d think I would’ve take it as a compliment - but at first all I heard was large, so it bothered me a bit.  It definitely doesn’t anymore though :)  

A turning point in my relationship with my vagina came when I stopped following current trends of shaving the whole labia majora & minora. This change in my grooming habits largely came about due to photographing nudes (men and women) for a series I have been working on. I discovered as I worked that I much preferred “bush” to shaved, as shaved vaginas looked very childish and somewhat stark on black & white film. Henceforth, I stopped shaving as well and I really prefer the look of my labia minora now that they are back in their natural habitat.

Great work with your project!!

Submission 18 years old i started masturbating @largelabiaproject

Submission: 18 years old. I started masturbating at a very young age around seven years old. I remember it was at that age 13 as I begin to undergo puberty that I realize how unnaturally and abnormally large my clit hood was and how long and dark my labia minora was. Since then I have been extremely self conscious about the appearance of my vulva as the skin around my clit hood is so great it causes it to protude from my outer lips and gives and odd appearance head on. 

I do plan to get labiaplasty and clit hood reduction as it makes me extremely self conscious. I have had two sexual partners and have always denied oral because I know they will be grossed out once they bump into all the excess skin. I am naturally darker in my pubic area all around and I hate it. It makes me feel dirty even though I am very hygenic. 

I’ve gone to the gyno and she told me that everyone’s different and that I was perfectly healthy but I just wish I felt comfortable in my own skin to enjoy and receive oral sex. 

Does anyone have any advice or input?


Thanks for being brave and contributing. I do need to correct you though, when you use words like “unnatural” and “abnormal”, because you’re not. Listen to what your gynaecologist says because she has been trained in this and has seen more vulvas up close than you’ve had hot dinners. She told you the truth - everyone is different. Different is normal!

There is nothing wrong with your labia minora or clit hood, nor are they unattractive. Your vulva is, in fact, extremely beautiful. In no rational universe would your vulva be regarded as gross, and anyone grossed out by your normal appearance isn’t worth knowing. I can guarantee you that I’m not the only one who would think that, and your sexual partners would love to go down on you - it’s fun to give oral sex when there’s a bit more skin to play with! I know from past experience. It’s a shame that you’ve denied yourself the enjoyment of receiving it, and your partners the joy in giving.

Darker pigmentation of the vulva is really common too. It doesn’t look any more dirty than having freckles. If you saw someone with freckles on their face would you think they were mud-spattered and dirty? Almost everyone with a vulva has darker skin there than on the skin on the rest of their bodies. One in three white skinned people have non-pink labia minora/majora, clit hoods etc. Colours range from browns to purples, greys to blacks. And about 50% have labia minora with much darker edges. Frankly your coloration - dark outside, pink inside - is exquisite. You are so normal. There is absolutely nothing to worry about it!

Please, before considering labiaplasty and a clitoral hood reduction, think hard about the reasons why you want it done, think harder about where those ideas are coming from and making you feel so negatively towards your genitals, ask yourself whether all of that’s fair and reasonable and based on evidence and logic. Listen to people like your gyno who know the truth about diversity of appearance. You can also read up about labiaplasty, it’s risks etc, warnings about it from the gynaecological colleges of the US, UK, Australia and Canada, male opinions and survey results etc on my Labia Resources page. And please, if you are set on having surgery, seek psychological counselling beforehand from a therapist specialising in body issues and disorders, because your thinking isn’t rational and a psychologist can help you understand why you think the way you do. That might be a good idea anyway.

I really hope you can start to feel more positively about your vulva, and with luck your contribution here will be a beneficial growth experience for you.

Emma

Submission 18 yr old virgin im beginning to @largelabiaproject

Submission: 18 yr old virgin. I’m beginning to feel more comfortable with my vulva :) 

Submission hello emma hello everyone im a 26 @largelabiaproject

Submission: Hello Emma, hello everyone. I’m a 26 years old Chinese girl and I’m grateful to Emma and all girls and women who contribute to this blog. 

I’ve always thought my sex was the most dirty and disgusting place of my body, so I had no interest in my labia. Maybe it is greatly due to my education, both my mother and my teachers who said to me it is a dirty place. To have blood there every month emphasized this feeling about my sex. 

I also think my labia are too big, too dark, so absolutely not beautiful. For me it looks like a big dumpling. However my boyfriend loves it, he loves to kiss it, to suck it, and he often give me climax by that way. One time he said me I have a big labia, I’ve answered it was more sexy. He looked at me and said ‘ho yes’. I think he would say that all labia are sexy, because obviously men love sex. I also should feel angry when he says it is most interesting place of my body. 

At present, I’m more comfortable with my body. But I feel really disappointed and sad to read so many comments and submission of girls who don’t want to make love because they are ashamed of their labia (or other parts of their body).

As Emma (and others) said, all labia are different, and when a man (or woman) will look at yours for the first time, he (she) will always be surprised by its appearance. It is the same surprise as when you give a present, and he/she will take it and love it because it is yours. So never be afraid of it, you are just missing wonderful opportunities and experiments. 

By the way, in my opinion, shave or not shave is more a question of hygiene and comfort than a question of aesthetic.

Submission hi emma thank you for setting up @largelabiaproject

Submission:  Hi Emma, Thank you for setting up this blog, here is my submission. I’m a 28 year old who has given birth twice and have spent probably half of my life thinking my labia were way too big (and they have been slightly worse since having children). I knew it was possible to have pretty much any size but I never saw any pictures of labia that looked like mine other than in ‘before’ pictures on cosmetic surgery sites, which made me think I had a problem which needed to be fixed.

My husband loves them, and I love the way they feel during oral sex, I have just never liked their appearance. I am so happy I found your blog as I’ve seen submissions from women with all different appearances who accept themselves and whose partners love their labia too; it has made me realise I’m obsessing over something which is actually really not an issue.

I have plucked up the courage to submit pictures from a couple of different times, with and without hair :-)

Submission 19 years old from the usa i @largelabiaproject

Submission:  19 years old from the USA. I recently discovered your blog, and it helps me a little. But I wanted to submit because I haven’t seen them this long and ugly lol. I honestly hate my body to the point where I can’t do anything with my partner, I’m so terrified. It’s so bad to where I don’t feel beautiful or normal compared to others. It hurts especially when guys use slang like “wizards sleeve” or “beef curtains”. I’d like some advice on how to deal with my deep insecurity? Thank you Emma!


Well for starters your vulva and labia are gorgeous, and looks perfectly normal. Look, there will always be a number of people who are (a) ignorant idiots, (b) scumbags, (c ) abusive, (d) bullies, (e) misogynists. Sadly they are a waste of oxygen and we can only hope that evolution will breed them out of existence. You and I can do our part in that by never letting them anywhere near our vulvas, let alone breeding with them. They can’t reproduce by jerking off, no matter how hard and often they try. People making those sort of derogatory remarks about the often-most desired parts of our bodies aren’t worth your time and emotional energy. They’re actually doing you a favour by saying things like that. They won’t shut their mouths, and that means you won’t have to let them between your legs. You’ll see those ignorant fuckwits coming from a mile off. Thankfully they are the minority and give the vast majority of really decent guys a bad name.

Oh and WTF does “wizard sleeves” even mean?

Submission here goes i sometimes find it hard to @largelabiaproject

Submission: Here goes! I sometimes find it hard to deal with flappy-ness. Like while I walk I’ll suddenly feel one of labias sticking to my pad or peeking out my pantyline. I’ve also had to previously deal with a blood vessel bump. Got it after a class trip with BICYCLES. 4 hours on a seat like that on uneven roads - never again. Freaked me out to the point of going to gynecologist.

Submitting only one photo as I only recently have started to take a liking to myself. I’ve done very little bodily exploration, I am 21 and also still virgin. Although indeed, the different appearance of my labia has been a reason to be shy most of my dislike to my body was due to molestation.

Coming on terms with such a experience and having a different part than what others won’t view as normal just adds to that feeling of being odd one.

And I swear until last year when I accidentally came across your blog in a article I really REALLY did believe my labia was alone. You have no idea how happy it made me to see similar ones. Be my labia sisters? :) haha

Submission 18 years old with no children ive @largelabiaproject

Submission: 18 years old with no children.

I’ve never really liked the way I looked, but I didn’t start feeling really insecure until I was 15. I really hated myself because I was overweight (I still am), and I didn’t like my large labia or small breasts.

I remember looking at porn out of curiosity and feeling confused and worried that my vulva looked so different from all of the other women’s I’ve seen. I searched in Google a lot about what I was supposed to look like and I didn’t find much help. I only learned that other girls were just as clueless about our anatomy as I was, and that my labia were considered gross and a turn off. I was an anxious mess until I stumbled upon Laci Green’s “Freaky Labia”, where I learned that I was normal and felt relief.

But sadly, my insecurity didn’t end there. I’ve seen so many forum threads about this topic and it seems that the majority of men prefer smaller labia minora. Even if they still like or tolerate larger ones, it’s still not preferred. That just bothers me to no end, especially since people with smaller labia aren’t made fun of or thought of as if sometime is wrong with them. It’s just unfair.

Even though I know you are against labiaplasty (and for good reasons too), but I’m still thinking about getting it done in the future. I think I just consider it because it’s something that I can never stop thinking if, and it causes me a lot of physical pain sometimes (see how they poke out in the front). And lastly, I really don’t like how my majora lips are basically nonexistent. I have nowhere to tuck in my large labia, and it feels wrong considering that I’m a bigger girl.

I really appreciate this project, BTW. Too many people are ignorant of the anatomy of vaginas, and women did to stop being pushed by plastic surgeons to “fix” their “flaws”. Plastic surgery is a really unhealthy trend and has a bad influence on young girls that already don’t feel good enough.

Submission hi emma first off love your page it @largelabiaproject

Submission: Hi Emma! First off, love your page. It has made me so much more comfortable with my labia and vulva. After having a child I became very self-conscious of it and over the past 3 years. With help from you, I’ve grown to actually love the way it looks! So thank you!

Lavonne underwear smoothie wet hair dirty @largelabiaproject

lavonne:

Underwear, smoothie, wet hair, dirty mirror, James’ studio—I love this shot for some reason.

On being naked on the Internet.

I’d guess that most people wouldn’t feel positively about having their intimate parts shared permanently with the world. And why is that? Because they don’t feel good about their bodies? Because they are taught their bodies are shameful? Because they are afraid of causing some kind of scandal and ruining their future lives as teachers and presidents? Maybe they just don’t feel like it? There are too many reasons to list, and I’ve felt many of them at different times. But I didn’t stop sharing. Why? Because the reasons I felt were all based on fear, not the truth, and I feel strongly that many of them are worth fighting against.

I’m glad to be part of a movement of women who freely share themselves with the world, because I feel it is important to tell everyone that it’s okay to do so, and it’s okay to do it just for fun.

The body and sexuality shaming that women face everyday for a multitude of reasons is deeply damaging and unacceptable. We should feel great about our bodies, regardless of shape, size, or colour. We should feel great about our vast spectrum of sexualities. We should be able to do whatever it is we want, as long as we’re not hurting others.

Being naked is harmless, but buying into the oppressive rules built by our society is not. Helping enforce these awful rules is not.

I know this issue reaches beyond women and nudity in a broad range of directions, but I can only speak for myself and what I’m feeling in this moment. Still, the idea is simple and universal: be true to yourself and harm none.

To all those who tell us we are bad people, that we should be ashamed, or change who we are: that is not okay. May we replace this oppression with freedom, this fear and hate with unconditional love for all.

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I’m placing my order right now! www.shethinx.com

Emma

University student subeta vimalarajah is not @largelabiaproject

University student Subeta Vimalarajah is not letting up in her campaign to get the Australian government to remove the 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax) on tampons. First it was an online petition, and now she’s got a giant tampon that she wants to send to the federal Treasurer Joe Hockey.

“Dreams do come true. Most 21 year olds might dream of a new car, tickets to Europe or unlimited drinks vouchers, but I always dreamed of a giant tampon that could raise awareness about unfairness,” she writes on the stop taxing my period event Facebook page. The tampon is two metres tall and made out of cotton so people can write their message to the Treasurer on it in permanent marker.

However less than 24 hours after Treasurer Joe Hockey agreed the GST “probably should” be removed from tampons, Prime Minister Tony Abbott moved to kill off any federal push for the idea. "I understand there’s long been a push to take the GST off goods, which are one way or another regarded as health products,“ he said. "It’s certainly not something that this Government has a plan to do.”

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