I had to watch the clip to believe it. Yesterday, CBS's daytime show The Doctors' featured labia reduction *sigh*
When the doctor is taking the woman's history, she talks about the pain and discomfort of her labia but doesn't talk about the type of pain - she only states that she's embarrassed to wear swimsuits or have sex. She doesn't say it's difficult to have sex just that she doesn't want to...can you say body image issue?
And at one point the doctor says, "so it's like having testicles". Well, yes, except a man would never cut his balls off.
It never ceases to amaze me how the powers-that-be in network television will air shows about the G-Shot (featured on Dr. Oz) and labiaplasty - things that make money off women's insecurity - but refuse to broadcast anything with real sex information. When I was on the Sharon Osbourne show I was told that I couldn't use the word "clitoris" that I had to call it the "c-spot". I asked if I could use the word penis - they said yes. Interesting. They're both clinical terms for genitalia but clitoris - the word describing a woman's sex organ - is obscene.
I wish women would realize that labiaplasty is big business. They don't give a crap about the sanctity of your body. It's about the money:
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2009 female consumers spent an estimated $6.8m on these procedures (the figure counts only plastic surgeons, not gynecologists). A straightforward labiaplasty, done in-office, in a few hours, nets about $5,000.
All I can say is f*ck you, CBS.