A lot of people say they get plastic surgery for themselves and no one else. This may be a little hard to believe – everyone cares at least a little bit what other people think about them. But a recent study by the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that “designer vaginas” have shown a recent jump in popularity. This may lend credence to the theory that people are getting plastic surgery solely for their own satisfaction. It’s not like the mail man or the lady behind the deli counter are going to look down on you because they suspect your genitals might be asymmetrical. While breasts implants and nose jobs have become public faire, the genitals remain a bastion of relative privacy.
Some are saying that the proliferation of the internet has created easier access to pornography and that is to account for the increase in cosmetic vaginal surgery. That’s possible, but hard to prove. And as expected, there is the usual amount of outcry about this, but why should one part of the body be sacred? Sixty percent of women in the survey cited wanting a more attractive vagina as the reason for getting the surgery, while other reasons included comfort and self-confidence. These are perfectly acceptable reasons to get cosmetic surgery on other parts of the body, so why not the vagina too?
Or maybe it’s cultural – this was a British study – American statistics show a decrease in this type of procedure. Our forefathers left Britain in search of greater freedom – it’s almost a slap in Benjamin Franklin’s face if we don’t get designer vaginas. If there had been a vote, he would have voted “yay.” Doing otherwise would have been downright un-American. So the next time you meet a Brit, remember that you have a good ice breaker and don’t forget to vote.