Morgan Carpenter’s opinion piece, “We Must Put An End to Normalizing Surgery,” explores positive developments in Australia:
The clitoris is the only part of any human body that’s purely designed for pleasure. But is too much of a good thing a bad thing?
Research on what constitutes “normal” genitalia, for both men and women, is somewhat scarce – but labia reductions are becoming more common, and so a Dutch study in 2009 examined what doctors believe a normal labia looks like. It found that plastic surgeons were more likely to find larger labia minora “distasteful and unnatural, compared with general practitioners and gynaecologists”. It also found that male doctors in each of those specialties were more inclined than women doctors to recommend surgery.
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