‘Manhood’ Author Photographs 100 vaginas for ‘Bare Reality’ Series
It is not porn, but it is a book filled with pictures of 100 vaginas — or vulvas to be exact. Photographer and author Laura Dodsworth has released a new book in her Bare Reality series called Womanhood.
For the first time, 100 brave and beautiful women reveal their bodies and stories on their own terms, talking about how they feel about pleasure, sex, pain, trauma, birth, motherhood, menstruation, menopause, gender, sexuality and simply being a woman.
On her website, Dodsworth explains the reasoning behind her latest photography project. She says that women grow up with a narrow view of what their vaginas should look like, even though in reality women are extremely diverse — a far cry from images of Barbie dolls and internet porn. Most women have no idea what’s ‘down there’. Culturally and personally, no body part inspires love and hate, fear and lust, worship and desecration in the same way.
“Womanhood departs from the ‘ideal vagina’ and presents the gentle un-airbrushed truth, allowing us to understand and celebrate our diversity.”
In the trailer for 100 Vaginas, a documentary based on Womanhood, she gives another reason.
“This part of ourselves which we’re so conditioned to conceal, actually defines so much of our lives as women and our most intimate experiences, pleasurable and painful, shouldn’t be treated as taboo but as a testament to our strength,”
WATCH DOCUMENTARY TRAILER HERE: https://www.facebook.com/Channel4/videos/388548915259122/UzpfSTEzOTg5OTAwMzM3MTcxNDE6MjI4NjM2MDc4ODMxMzM5MA/
For this documentary, Dodsworth interviewed 18 of the women she had photographed for her book about how their vaginas shaped their lives.
The women featured reveal not only the most intimate aspects of their bodies, but share stories and feelings around motherhood, menstruation, menopause, sex, pain, pleasure, female genital mutilation, orgasms, porn, trauma, gender and how they experience being a woman.
Womanhood is the third project in the Bare Reality series which includes Manhood, a book filled with photographs of 100 penises, and 100 Women, their Breasts, their Stories.
On her website Dodsworth says: ‘
Womanhood has been her most potent and transformative work to date. “I feel freer, more in my prime, sexier and more powerful than ever. I’d love Womanhood to do that for other women.”
In March 2017, Laura’s Manhood; Bare reality was published with 100 men who bare it all in a collection of photographs and interviews about manhood and ‘manhood’.
Additional reporting : www.timeslive.co.za
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