Vagina, Vagina, Vagina, Vagina

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What I’m listening to.

A. Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concertos Op.10

Gustav Courbet -- Origin of the World (1866) -- Musee d'Orsay (Paris)

What is it about vaginas that gets everybody so upset? Because they belong to women? (ed's note: no, public exposure does not cause earthquakes).

Economist -- Japan’s obscenity laws: Vagina monologue

‘IN A country where first meetings are often stiffly formal, the name cards of Megumi Igarashi, an artist, suggest a subversive sense of humour.’

Guardian – Anish Kapoor’s Versailles 'vagina' causes controversy in France

 ‘Artist behind Paris’s biggest cultural event of the year has described Dirty Corner as ‘the vagina of the queen’ taking power.’

The Beast -- Why Art Has a Big Vagina Problem

‘An Anish Kapoor sculpture in Paris of a vagina—a vagina of a queen, no less—has drawn outrage. But arguments over female genitalia in art are nothing new.’

Slate - Her Year of Living Biblically

‘An evangelical blogger spent 12 months following the Bible. Then she wrote a book about it. Now some Christian bookstores won’t sell it.’

New York Times – Naomi Wolf Sparks Another Debate (on Sex, of Course)

‘“WHO gets to say it? Who gets to own it? Who gets to say what happens to it?”’

Al-Arabia News -- Accidental Vagina:’ Qatar’s new football stadium sparks controversy

‘Cringe-inducing it may be, but the design of Qatar’s recently unveiled World Cup 2022 stadium has proven to be worth talking about.’

Ravishingly -- What's So Scary About Vaginas?

‘I was pleasantly pleased at how willing women were to talk about vaginas and equally astounded at what a bad rap they've gotten throughout history.’

For those interested in a deeper penetrations of the topic.

Read: Emma Rees, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History

‘From South Park to Kathy Acker, and from Lars Von Trier to Sex and the City, women's sexual organs are demonized. Rees traces the fascinating evolution of this demonization, considering how calling the 'c-word' obscene both legitimates and perpetuates the fractured identities of women globally. Rees demonstrates how writers, artists, and filmmakers contend with the dilemma of the vagina's puzzlingly 'covert visibility'.’

Sheila Jeffreys -- The Industrial Vagina: The political economy of the global sex trade

And the competition, sort of.

Vanity Fair – As American as Apple Pie

‘Fellatio has a long and storied history, but not until 1972—with the release of Deep Throat—did it come out, so to speak, in polite company. From the Wild West to the Wild White House, the author explores the blowjob’s emergence as the nation’s signature sex act.

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