In a natural, un-edited state, female crotches are furry, lumpy and individual. Girls grow up fuelled by advertising and the media, told to wax, chop and conceal every flaw on their bodies or be shamed otherwise. Even into womanhood, our frames and fannies are analysed, scrutinised and objectified, and bushes remain "abnormal" while scalp-like, smooth porn star pussies prevail as status quo.
Still, kickass illustrator, Meredith White, is reevaluating beauty norms and wants to remind everyone (boys, girls, everyone included) that vaginas and vulvas come in all shapes and sizes. An arty antithesis to perceived perfection, the vulva extraordinaire illustrates female genitalia of all shapes, sizes and colours for her inclusive Instagram gang @clubclitoris.
Championing vulva-positivity through savvy sketches, her sassy rebellion is here to show you that, while every lady oyster is different, they're worthy of an applause and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We caught up with the erogenous expert on all things pussy positivity.
Konbini: Can you tell me how you came to start illustrating vulvas and vaginas in all their different varieties for @ClubClitoris?
Meredith White: My love for illustrating vaginas started as a sassy rebellion. For years, I openly rejected my anatomy, hoping for a different body (vagina included), and I knew it was time to fight back. I wanted to explore such a personal, ostracised topic and created the zine JUICES: A Vagina Celebration.
By posting the vagina illustrations on @clubclitoris, I discovered other women felt the same (what’s up, ladies!). Slowly but surely, women have started embracing their wildly different figures, and I love creating illustrations that support and emphasise that goal.
How do you feel about pop culture, advertising and porn’s very restricted view of female genitalia?
Unfortunately, our culture flourishes on female insecurity – the media promotes thin models and celebrities as beautiful instead of promoting all body types as beautiful, while pornography reinforces the scary concept that women (and their vaginas) are sexual objects.
And women constantly compare their bodies to that unrealistic “standard”. For centuries, this culture has treated the natural vagina as if it's something to be ashamed of and abused, and biased views fuel that fire.
"Your vagina is normal, natural, and gorgeous, regardless of what the media tells you"
How and why would you like to redefine that?
I illustrate vaginas in their unedited form and every illustration is referenced from a real woman. Every hair, labia wrinkle, dimple, and freckle is included in my drawings (and they're honestly the best part). Lady friend! Your vagina is normal, natural, and gorgeous, regardless of what the media tells you. You can’t keep a good vulva down!
Why is it so important to make sure women and girls are comfortable with their own anatomy?
Because so many women are not. The freedom to love your body without being humiliated, hating yourself, or feeling "less than" is a basic human right.
How does it make you feel that grooming, shaving and labiaplasty surgeries are all such common beautifying regimes?
I believe women should do whatever helps them love their bodies, but shaving and labia surgery are far from necessary, ladies! What's so wrong with hair? Male body hair is "manly" so why isn't female body hair "feminine"?
Why does every woman grow leg, arm, facial, and pubic hair? Because it's natural! And so are prominent labia. Society and advertising have taken naturalism from women in an attempt to sell razors, shaving cream, and surgical treatments. Companies profit off of constant insecurities, not confidence, and I say fuck that! Shout out to all the hairy babes and labia lovers, your body is damn beautiful.
You Instagrammed a private message you received with someone asking you which 'vajina' was yours, do you get that a lot?
Yes, it’s so goofy! These dudes perceive vaginas as sexual objects instead of a natural part of the female anatomy (and this concept isn't anything new. It's something that advertising and pornography have fed us for centuries). And of course, unwarranted questions about my vagina are always awkward, sorry guy!
So are you going to turn Club Clitoris into an actual club? I want to join!
I see Club Clitoris as a group of badass babes popping their bubblegum in the haters' faces with confidence and self-love unaffected by negative social norms; badass babes who can fearlessly be themselves – body hair, stretch marks, and cellulite included – with massive support from their fellow ladies! It's not an official club, but hopefully some day.
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