A chorus of yips went up at Spinster Aunt HQ when the news broke: a couple of national doctor clubs have experienced an uncharacteristic moment of lucidity and come out in opposition to cosmetic vagina surgery. In a Bloomberg report, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal to a stunned public that surgical pussy-maiming isn’t, it turns out, in a patient’s best interest. Procedures such as “G-spot amplification” and “revirginization,” they say, “should be banned as risky and ineffective.”
This despite assertions by some plastic surgeons that “having a sleeker, thinner labia makes a tremendous difference in [patients’] lives.” By improving their XXX2K compliance!
Slightly problematic is the paternalistic edge to the ACOG and ASPS pronouncements, which can be boiled down to “improved self-confidence cannot justify risky surgical intervention.”
Don’t misinterpret me. I’m not disagreeing that labiaplasty (or any other scalpel-related beauty treatment) is misogynist butchery. But whenever you get a bunch of doctors sounding off on what should or shouldn’t be important to women, caution should be exercised. These guys are still doing over 300,000 boob jobs a year, remember, so their heads can’t be totally out of their butts.
The raucous demand for cosmetic surgery is only a symptom of a vast malignancy, anyway. I don’t like to put a fly in the at-least-it’s-a-step-in-the-right-direction crowd’s ointment. But. You can ban all the “revirginizations” you want, but it won’t liberate a single woman from sex-based fear, loathing, or oppression.