Le sexe féminin est encore l'objet de nombreux tabous. Sous-représentée dans les manuels scolaires et ailleurs, beaucoup de femmes ont pu penser que leur vulve ne correspondait pas aux "standards de beauté". À travers le compte The Vulva Gallery, l'artiste Hilde Atalanta présente les organes génitaux externes de personnes qui lui font part de leur intimité.
« Célébrons la diversité et montrons que chaque vulve est belle », c'est le crédo de la peintre et illustratrice néerlandaise Hilde Atalanta. Via son compte Instagram créé en 2016, elle récolte les témoignages et les photos de vulve de personnes qui la contactent pour ensuite les dessiner et les poster sur la plateforme. L'idée ? Montrer que le sexe ne répond pas à un standard esthétique et qu'il existe des lèvres plus ou moins longues, des asymétries, des pilosités plus ou moins importantes.
Par ailleurs, l'artiste est dans une démarche inclusive, et considère que notre genre n'est pas déterminé par notre sexe. « Avoir une vulve ne définit pas le genre d’une personne », précise-t-elle sur sa page. Chaque dessin est légendé par le témoignage de la personne concernée et donne ainsi une idée de ce que les personnes vivent au quotidien dans leur intimité. Une bonne façon de se sentir moins complexé !
âÂÂÂÂÂ¨ Your vulva & biking âÂÂÂÂÂ¨ For some of us, riding a bike can sometimes be a hassle. It can cause discomfort such as numbness, swelling, skin infections, general pain and even bruising. A good saddle and fitting frame can be very helpful; depending on your body size and vulva shape (a fleshier vulva needs a different kind of saddle than a vulva with less fleshy tissue). . . For more technical details regarding bike size and anatomy, this article on SELF might be helpful: http://www.self.com/story/what-your-bike-seat-is-doing-to-your-vagina. . . Do you have tips & tricks on how you minimize discomfort during bike rides? ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ²Feel free to share them here! âÂÂÂÂÂ¨ . . #thevulvagallery #biking #vulvalove #humananatomy #share #watercolorillustration #positivity #hildeatalanta
This is a vulva portrait of a lovely person who wanted to become part of the gallery, together with the words she wanted to share with you: "As many others already featured in this gallery, I have struggled with the appearance of my vulva. Actually, the thing I was most insecure about, is something you cannot see in my portrait. I am a natural redhead and my pubic hair is also red. Growing up with it, I didn’t realize that this might be something special until people began asking me about it. I don’t mind talking about it with friends, but sometimes complete strangers came up to me asking if “the carpet matches the curtains” and things like that. I felt as if some guys were only hitting on me to find out how redheads look “down there”. So I began to completely shave my pubic hair and decided to never let anyone know its color. It was only some time ago that I began to cherish my red pubic hair like I always did with the hair on my head. When I saw a picture of a vulva with red and golden pubic hair on The Vulva Gallery, I think I completely overcame my issues. I still shave because I just feel better that way, but I don’t mind stubbles and people’s words don’t get to me any more.” . . Thank you for being part of the gallery ♥ï¸ÂÂÂÂÂ . . . #thevulvagallery #portrait #redhair #ginger #mc1r #humananatomy #labia #respecteachother #embracediversity #shareyourstory #personalgrowth #empowerment #empathy #love #loveyourself #loveyourvulva #hildeatalanta
This portrait is part of the mini series with decorated vulvas - accompanied with the words of the portrayed person: "I discovered your work recently and I really love what you do. I never really was concerned about my vulva, even when I discovered porn at a young age. But since I began dating guys and having a sexual life I understood there where vulvas considered "beautiful" and others "ugly" and I thought that was really unfair. I apparently have a "perfect pussy", [as my vulva shape is considered in the popular media / mainstream porn, red.] so I guess I should consider myself lucky. But I still think it's awful to rate vulvas by there appearances and I don't need a man's "seal of approval" on mine. I personally like my vulva, and decorated it 3 years ago because I wanted to. I also have a ring on my inner labia that is hidden most of the time since I have really really small inner labia. When I told my friends some of them told me that it's too bad to pierce "such a perfect pussy" and I find that very revealing of the pressure put on women in our society. But I like my pussy this way so I don't care what people think.” • • • Thank you for being part of the gallery ♥ï¸ÂÂÂÂÂ • • • #thevulvagallery #portrait #youarebeautiful #humananatomy #labia #respecteachother #embracediversity #shareyourstory #personalgrowth #supporteachother #empathy #love #loveyourself #loveyourvulva #hildeatalanta
Q: What is your favorite or most effective way of relieving your period cramps? ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂ¾#letstalkaboutperiods #letstalkaboutit #thevulvagallery #vulvaart #period #menstruation #periodheart #sharingthoughts #empowerment #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodylove #genderinclusivity #respecteachother #selflove #loveyourself #hildeatalanta
Long inner labia are very common, and have nothing to do with age or sexual activity. About half of all vulvas have inner labia that are longer than the outer labia (that's about 1.75 billion vulvas). The size of the inner labia varies in between barely visible up to 4 inches long, or even longer. Sometimes the labia are thick, sometimes they are thin; they can be curvy and wavy, or straight. The colour of the labia is often different from the colour of the surrounding skin, and the skin that sticks out tends to have a darker hue than the skin covered by the outer labia. All these differences are perfectly fine and healthy, and nothing to worry about. If you're ever worried about the way your vulva looks, know that your body is a wonderful example of natural diversity ðÂÂÂÂ¿ #thevulvagallery #humananatomy #biology #diversity #bodyneutrality #genderinclusivity #positivity #vulvalove #bodylove #sexualhealtheducation #respecteachother #loveyourself #loveyourvulva #youarebeautiful #hildeatalanta