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While female nudes have traditionally been a popular subject to paint, nobody did flora-as-vulva like the great American painter, Georgia O'Keefe . In honor of

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Today in Sex: Guided by Vulvas

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While female nudes have traditionally been a popular subject to paint, nobody did flora-as-vulva like the great American painter, Georgia O'Keefe. In honor of what would've been her 123rd birthday today (she died in 1986), let's take a look at some other ways the mons pubis has been celebrated in art, after the jump—

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The website the Outing of the Vulva gives a very cool, comprehensive timeline of the history of the vulva as depicted in art, starting with Gustave Courbet's L'Origine du monde (pictured above). For you plebes (like me) who don't speak French, that translates to "Origin of the World."

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The Original Vulva Museum (only online at the moment) reaches back a little further, starting with Baubo, the ancient goddess of bawdy laughter, who's always depicted with her legs akimbo. Artistic renderings of the vulva—please note that the vagina is on the inside—are depicted in historical context, in paintings, modern and otherwise, along with some rather unappetizing craft projects (I don't want a penis sleeping bag or change purse either).

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Speaking of crafts projects, my beloved Etsy has no shortage of twatastic findings. Such as this pearly pink vagina dentata pendent.

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Lady bits have also made it into baked goods—why just look at this yummy vegan vulva cake! According to the baker,

I started learning to make cakes when my younger brother asked me to make his wedding cake. It then occurred to my older brother that I might be able to make a vulva cake for my little brother's bachelor party. I agreed having no idea how I would do it. This is what I came up with. The reactions were overwhelming and absolutely everyone who saw it said I must sell them. So here you go!

Here you go, indeed. This delectable morsel will only set you back $250 and because she's unable to guarantee that it'll still look as good if shipped, it's only available in the DC metropolitan area. I wonder if a taint cake would be easier to send. . . .

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Finally, not everyone sees fashion as art, but as my friends at The Frisky pointed out, The Gap is featuring a lovely labia sweater this fall. It's even on sale for $19.99!

 
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