Genital panics: constructing the vagina in women's qualitative narratives about pubic hair, menstrual sex, and vaginal self-image.

  title={Genital panics: constructing the vagina in women's qualitative narratives about pubic hair, menstrual sex, and vaginal self-image.},
  author={Breanne Fahs},
  journal={Body image},
  volume={11 3},
“I Have a Nice Gross Vagina”: Understanding Young Women’s Genital Self-Perceptions
Five major themes emerged from the qualitative data analysis: (a) women’s global genital self-perceptions are diverse; (b) each woman has mixed specific genital Self-Perceptions; (c) women ’s genitalSelf- perceptions fluctuate across situations and people; (d) girls’ genitals self- Perceptions evolve over time; and (e) negative genital self -perceptions can have consequences for women.
It is important to examine all the factors that affect the genital self-image, which is of great importance for women's health, and to provide the necessary care by taking a holistic approach in terms of body perception and sexuality.
Roles of Genital Self-Image, Distraction, and Anxiety in Women’s Sexual Pleasure: A Preregistered Study
In a sample of 1,619 women who had sex in the previous four weeks, women with negative genital self-image were more likely to be distracted by self-critical concerns during sex, and in turn, experienced less sexual pleasure and worse sexual function.
An Exploration of Psychosocial Factors Associated with Female Genital Self-Image
Negative genital self-perceptions or female genital self-image (FGSI) is a prevalent concern for women. This is a significant problem in and of itself but also because it is associated with a variety
Women’s genital body work: Health, hygiene and beauty practices in the production of idealized female genitalia
Women’s genitalia are constructed as a bodily site requiring ongoing surveillance, maintenance and modification to conform to social norms. Women engage in a range of genital health, hygiene and
Genital fashioning: Postfeminist discourse and mediating understandings of choice
Female genital fashioning practices, a term encompassing a range of temporary and permanent options for cosmetic genital alteration, are becoming an increasingly prominent part of contemporary beauty
Women's Engagement in Pubic Hair Removal: Motivations and Associated Factors
Women who were younger, White, and were more satisfied with their genitals were more likely to engage in PHR, and being younger, not having a degree, reporting less positive attitudes toward erotica, and 3 reasons for PHR predicted extensive PHR over limited removal.
Pubic hair and its removal: A practice beyond the personal
A thematic analysis is used to examine the interview talk about pubic hair from 11 sexually and ethnically diverse young women in New Zealand to illustrate the personal, interpersonal and sociocultural influences intersecting the practice.
“Just Put a Towel Down:” Approaching Conversations About Period Sex with an Intimate Partner
Despite its stigma, menstrual sexual activity is fairly common. The present study investigates the topics and attitudes surrounding conversations about menstrual sex that take place between intimate


Genital Appearance Dissatisfaction: Implications for Women's Genital Image Self-Consciousness, Sexual Esteem, Sexual Satisfaction, and Sexual Risk
Interventions that enhance satisfaction with the natural appearance of their genitalia could facilitate the development of a healthy sexual self-concept and provide long-term benefits in terms of sexual safety and satisfaction.
Pubic hair removal and sexual behavior: findings from a prospective daily diary study of sexually active women in the United States.
Pubic hair removal was significantly associated with younger age, a greater interest in sex, vaginal fingering, finger-clitoral stimulation, having a casual sex partner, using vaginal hygiene products, and applying cream to the genitals.
The relationship between women’s genital self-image and female sexual function: A national survey
This study examines the effect of women’s genital self-image (GSI) on female sexual function. GSI refers to how a woman feels and behaves in relation to her genitals. Sexual function refers to six
Genital perceptions and sexual activity in a college population
Anecdotal evidence suggests that perceptions of the genitals—one's own and one's partner's—may be related to enjoyment of sexual activity. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships
Breaking body hair boundaries: Classroom exercises for challenging social constructions of the body and sexuality
Courses in women’s studies and gender studies within US contexts have long prioritized content that critically examines the social construction of bodies and sexualities, consciousness-raising about
Sexual Activity During Menstruation: A Qualitative Study
This study utilized a grounded theory method to analyze qualitative narratives about sexuality and menstruation from 108 young women and 12 young men and found young adults who were comfortable with menstrual sex saw it as just another part of a committed intimate relationship.
Evulvalution: The Portrayal of Women's External Genitalia and Physique across Time and the Current Barbie Doll Ideals
Results suggest the perpetuation of a “Barbie Doll” ideal characterized by a low BMI, narrow hips, a prominent bust, and hairless, undefined genitalia resembling those of a prepubescent female.
Women's body image self‐consciousness during physical intimacy with a partner
In Western cultures, women's bodies are objectified more so than men's, and other writers have noted the multiple ways that such objectification may negatively impact women's lives. As women's sexual
Gender, Self-Objectification and Pubic Hair Removal
Pubic hair removal is common in college age men and women in the United States and Australia. The present research addresses two questions related to this practice: (1) Are objectification and body
Cycles of shame: Menstrual shame, body shame, and sexual decision‐making
Using structural equation modeling, a mediated model is evaluated, whereby menstrual shame is indirectly associated with sexual decision‐making via body shame and women who reported feeling more comfort about menstruation also reported more body comfort and, in turn, more sexual assertiveness, moreSexual experience, and less sexual risk.