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Advent XII

Behind window 12: Yoni.


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Click the red dot to visit the original painting in the Musee Orsay.

As in the Kama Sutra definition [Vulva] rather than the Sanskrit word for Vagina. The above painting was the cause of great scandal in its day [when even a glimpse of stocking was considered shocking] though it is hardly explicit [in a vulvic sense anyway; though pubic hair itself is seemingly ‘taboo’ to many?]. Even recently the image has been censored. It is a great example of the representative nature of art i.e. some pigment on canvas being confused for the real thing.

I can only assume the suppression of the vulva in a male dominated history is  through fear? Fear ultimately of the power of women? All in all, a societal fear of the erotic in general? Personally, with their endless variety of shape/colour/texture/taste etc [and the delightful effects they can bring], I can’t think of anything more wondrous/awe inspiring/spiritual/intoxicating/delicious …

Most will not realise that the below entry was removed from Anne Frank’s Diary for over 50 Years. The unabridged version of her diary has been subject to censorship since its publication. Why the fear of such beauty?

…Until I was eleven or twelve, I didn’t realize there was a second set of labia on the inside, since you couldn’t see them. What’s even funnier is that I thought urine came out of the clitoris…When you’re standing up, all you see from the front is hair. Between your legs there are two soft, cushiony things, also covered with hair, which press together when you’re standing, so you can’t see what’s inside. They separate when you sit down and they’re very red and quite fleshy on the inside. In the upper part, between the outer labia, there’s a fold of skin that, on second thought, looks like a kind of blister. That’s the clitoris…


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