Beautiful contribution from Larissa Pham over at The Ellipses Project. Highly recommend reading the whole post here.
“We grow up with so many parts of us surrounded in shame, in should-be’s, in hairless pink ideals, in this is gross and don’t touch there and no one wants you. We grow up learning to fear our bodies, mask their smells, hide their presence, pretend our lower halves don’t exist. I just mistyped that as “lover halves” and thought about keeping it. We grow up with shame/pleasure/shame. We ought not to feel so. We ought not to let our bodies keep secrets from us; we ought not to keep our bodies secret from ourselves. It is weird to go seventeen, eighteen, nineteen years without properly seeing yourself.”
via CLITORIS, VAGINA, MAJORA, MINORA | The Ellipses Project.