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Emma has been at the University of Melbourne since 2012, where along with her PhD research she works at the Centre for Health Equity in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and does some teaching into the Master of Public Health program. Prior to working and studying at the University, Emma has worked for both government and not-for-profit organisations in harm reduction, drug and alcohol population health, and primary care.

Labiatalk media coverage

The labiatalk project has been covered by a number of different media outlets recently. Here is a link round-up:

WHY ARE YOUNG GIRLS ASKING FOR VAGINAL COSMETIC SURGERY? Pursuit  (Andrew Trounson) June 28

Biggest study of vaginas shows there’s no such thing as ‘normal’ New Scientist (Alice Klein) June 29

Aussie Girls As Young As 11 Seeking Genital Cosmetic Surgery Ten Daily (Katherine Kalk) June 29

Cosmetic surgery on women’s genitals doubled over ten years Triple J Hack (Shalailah Medhora) June 29

Study looks at cosmetic genital surgery AAP (Marnie Banger) June 29

The Number Of Genital Cosmetic Surgeries Are Rising Amongst Young Women. This Melbourne Researcher Is Trying To Figure Out Why BuzzFeed News (Elfy Scott) July 2 2018

New research aims to examine why more girls seek genital cosmetic surgery newsGP (Neelima Choahan) July 2

Researchers warn of significant growth in women and girls wanting cosmetic genital surgery ABC Radio Melbourne (John Faine) July 2

Labiaplasty from different perspectives

Triple J program The Hookup featured a discussion about labiaplasty last week from a number of perspectives: the surgeon, the researcher/psychologist, and from a woman who has had the surgery herself.

You can listen to the podcast here:

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/the-hook-up/the-hook-up/9712754

 

Discussion begins at 1:20:30

The taboo around female genitalia has grave consequences for women

An opinion piece by Cat Rodie published this week in Fairfax media suggests that the social and cultural taboos around female genitalia are contributing to young women and girls both not knowing about what their genitals should look like and being dissatisfied with their genital appearance.

“Girls get socialised not to talk about their genitalia. And then, when they need to talk about it (because they have a weird symptom or something has changed) they find that it’s too embarrassing… We need to normalise conversations about female genitalia so that we can start smashing through taboos”

You can read the article in full HERE

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So what is a vulva anyway?

UK young people’s sexual health organisation Brook together with the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG), co-produced a new resource aimed at educating young people about genital diversity.

Titled, “So What is a Vulva Anyway?”, the online booklet was developed in response to an increasing number of young women and girls in the UK having concerns about their genital appearance and requesting female cosmetic genital surgeries.

Commenting on the launch of the booklet, Brook participation and volunteering manager  Ms Laura West said:  

All young people deserve education, support and advice about anatomy, but unfortunately there is a lack of accurate and sensitive information available as part of the school curriculum and on the internet. This new booklet will help to address this need and will inform doctors, girls, young women and their families, as to what is normal and where to seek further help and support if required.”

Dr Naomi Crouch, GP, researcher on FGCS, and chair of BritSPAG said: “We hope this resource will provide information for girls and young women that their vulva is unique and will change throughout their life, and that this is entirely normal and healthy.”

You can access the resource which is free to download here.