From perennially perky breasts to smooth, hairless legs, womanhood has been constantly sexualized and subjected to unrealistic standards. However, none have been as harmful, or as unexplored, as the expectation of having a tight vagina. Tight vaginas are prized in almost every society and culture that has roots in patriarchy. And this stereotype appears to heavily affect Asian women in particular.
Differences in vaginal microbiome in African American women versus women of European ancestry
8 Ways Every Vagina Is Different
It is designed to educate Asian women about their vulvas and their anatomies so that they can understand their bodies and sexualities better. A 9x9" colour photo book, we aim to feature images of at least 20 Asian vulvas. The book will also feature quotes from interviews with the models, as well as educational content on the different parts of the vulva.
Women of European ancestry are more likely to harbour a Lactobacillus -dominated microbiome, whereas African American women are more likely to exhibit a diverse microbial profile. African American women are also twice as likely to be diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis and are twice as likely to experience preterm birth. The objective of this study was to further characterize and contrast the vaginal microbial profiles in African American versus European ancestry women. The results confirmed significant differences in the vaginal microbiomes of the two groups and identified several taxa relevant to these differences.