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Full Blown Rose

Approximately 40% of women have inner labia that extend past the vulva. This is known as a ‘full blown rose’, a lovely term evocative of the lushness of a heady garden rose in full wild bloom. And even while 60% of women may not share this trait, and 40% do, the overall appearance of each individual woman’s vulva and labia are uniquely different, with a wide range of variety in size and appearance. There are even ‘half blown’ roses with one larger labia, and women who do not have labia minora present. All of these are normal.

Women become aware of the differences though; our partners, perhaps, not so much. It’s hard to find fault with the warm sheath waiting for your Knight’s sword, or the Holy Temple of Isis where you want to worship. If our partners notice the differences, they hardly seem to care from one woman to another.

And yet, women still do find fault with their body parts in the same lines that we find fault with the rest of our bodies, and there is an elective cosmetic surgery called labiaplasty to reduce the size of one’s labia. As if women did not have enough media and procedures to make them physically unhappy, this surgery exists to ‘tidy’ up those beautiful, blowsy, blooming roses.

Sometimes extended labia minora can offer a small bit of inconvenience; if perhaps sitting on them wrong leads to a little swelling, or over-exertive intercourse can leave them swollen. But the labia minora tissue has nerve endings that increase pleasure, plus seem to help to push/pull the clitoris around, and a voluntary female genital mutilation that would reduce sensation just to make it look tidy, hardly seems appropriate when a change in mindset and confidence would go farther to solve the root of the problems rather than its symptoms.

In some women who have difficulty achieving orgasm due to more tissue in their clitoral hoods, there is a hoodectomy procedure that will remove this tissue and increase the exposed surface area of the clitoris. This is not cosmetic, or done for appearance sake.

Thank goodness the word ‘pudenda’ to describe the set of woman’s genitals has fallen out of favor, as it comes for the Latin word for ‘shame’. Our genitals are normal, and anyone who doesn’t think so needs a re-training. In past vanilla days, I met a wonderful man with all the right qualities, except his
perception of the female genitals was that they were somehow unclean. He would rarely touch them, would touch them barely if he did touch them, and would never get his face near. Everything else was wonderful, but after trying to help him overcome a hang-up he didn’t think it necessary to lose, the shambles of a sex life meant it was time to move on.

Fortunately, that kind of mindset from a partner is the exception rather than the rule. Our partners seem to be equally aroused by any labia, rosy or tidy, blowsy or neat, in all their millions of beautiful variations. How exciting is a man or woman who can’t wait to get at our Labia in whatever form they
exist! Not just to use in a utilitarian fashion to ‘get their rocks off’, but to enjoy, delight in, revel in! Why can we not as well, enjoy, delight in, and revel in our own roses?

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