The world around us constantly puts naked women and their genitalia on display. But many women are still deeply prudish when it comes to the relationship with their own body. VULVA 3.0 looks at sex education and censorship, the airbrushing of ‘misshapen’ labia in pornographic images, the cosmetic genital surgery and the work of activists against female genital mutilation – and in doing so celebrate the diversity of the female body.
What we talk about, when we talk about the cunt, easily becomes a drab account on mucous membranes. Vulva 3.0 is anything but. Adorned with both scientific knowledge and mythology, the film lets the pussy out of the bag. It’s a fresh breeze amidst the hypersexual imagery of every muff photoshopped into a Barbie slit.
The film sees the beaver as a source of pleasure and sexual self-esteem, bypassing reproduction and sexual health almost altogether. Not shying away from difficult issues, it also takes on genital mutilation – the knife marks of both shamans and plastic surgeons.
The gash comes in many guises, but Richarz’s and Zimmermann’s documentary steers clear from euphemisms and avoids the embarrassing pitfalls of sex education. So just lean back in your seat, raise a glass to the diversity of female bodies, and enjoy the slippery slope down the most wondrous of all human cavities, the cunt.