I know, I know I’m talking about vag again. This time however its not mine, its someone Else’s. While I do maintain a somewhat active role in the “modification community” at large, my participation has lessened quite a bit. Unless of course I am talking about my own work. After all, it is my blog. I also try to avoid drama at all costs, but like I said to Mr. A.P. last night:” I don’t seek out drama, but I seem to attract quite a bit of it”. Which is why I was debating writing this post at all, however seeing as how I choose to comment on Ania’s mod related blog I guess I somewhat brought some of that drama into my life? Anyway, it all started with this. Now I could link endlessly to the pissing contest that has ensued since then, however I honestly can not and will not be bothered. However I do feel compelled to share my $5.00 on the topic of how much is too much?
In terms of body modification that is.
I misunderstood Russ Foxx’s quote ” But most doctors won’t perform these types of procedures, said Russ Foxx, a body-modification specialist in Vancouver. “That leaves us in a predicament. Who do I go to?” he said. Foxx said he learns how to perform procedures from talking to veteran practitioners, reading books and traveling to conventions.” Whereas I commented on Ania’s blog that I call bullshit because most plastic surgeons will in fact perform cosmetic surgery on one’s vag. Ear pointing, tongue splitting (and so on) not so much. I get that, as in the whole where do I go? Because like most of the educated modified people I know personally do an insane amount of research before progressing with anything regardless of whether or not its deemed “experimental” , high risk or whatever or not. If you are modified, then you can understand/comprehend and relate to this. Essentially, its what makes US happy at the end of the day. We do it because we want to, for a number of reasons. The bottom line is this: If you want something/anything bad enough you will seek it out actively until you get. Some of us will spare no expense or take ridiculous risks and some of us will take the time to seek out a trusting, educated individual to preform the work we seek. Tattoos, piercings, scars whatever.
However there is also a lot of stupid people out there as well. I can’t help but agree with Steve Peace to a degree when he said:” Where do you stop? I’m a tattoo artist, not a Dr.” OK fine, I’ll give you that. If it bothers you that much, then by all means stick with tattooing then. I also agree that there IS in fact a lot of people who claim to know what the hell they’re doing (they don’t) and I for one know of a few people who really don’t have the training or the skills to be pulling off a lot of what they do. Yes a labia reduction, ear pointing, tongue splitting to name a few do fall under the surgical category. Most modification artists aren’t Dr.’s of any shape or form, however its not as if she went in for breast implants either. OK slightly contradictory yes, however regardless of whether its a Dr, your best friend, your tattoo artist or some dirt-bag in a back alley doing your stuff the risk factor is always there. How high that risk factor is really depends on what your getting done and how controlled the environment that your in is as well. Not to mention the cost factor as well. I was told by her that she was quoted 4 grand by a surgeon, that’s a lot of coin to make your vag look nice to your satisfaction. Some people are willing to spend that kind of money, others not so much. Some people can’t simply find someone they trust enough that’s a professional surgeon to do the work or whatever the reasons are. Wether you are getting plastic surgery or a tattoo, you’re altering the way your body looks forever.
I happen to know of said person in question. I’ve never met her personally, however I am quite familiar with and totally support her shop. I’m from Ontario and spent a lot of time in Guelph so maybe my loyalty stems from that. In any case I am however also a woman & I can totally relate to looking at certain body parts and loathing their overall appearance in general. I personally tattoo them. I was dead against getting my sleeves started until my arms were more toned. Then I said fuck it, now I’m sporting some awesome in progress sleeves. Why? Because to me its taking something you deem “ugly” and turning it into something beautiful. I also have my pubic mound tattooed, not entirely for the same reasons mind you, but I get it.
Now for ME personally, I don’t have the proverbial balls do get my vag that modified as in a surgical manner. Christ I had a hard enough time getting my VCH done! Never mind someone toying with my bits with a scalpel (I am shuddering inwardly, as is my vag). However, this individual had the guts, the research, not to mention a trusted individual on hand to go through with getting it done. I can admire that and you know I am rather curious about the whole procedure as whole just because I’m a curious person.
However the main reason why this incident has me up in arms varies on a number of levels. First of all, its YOUR body, therefore I think that it should be your choice to do with it what you wish, under the proper circumstances. Whatever you deem those to be, is entirely up to you I suppose. However I’m all for any/all modifications pending they are done in a safe & sterile environment. Take that for what you will… This person is a grown woman, a well educated about said procedure woman. Not a minor! So where does one draw the line? Do I think its assault? Absolutely not! Apparently the police don’t either. Which is amazing 🙂
Its also about privacy and the breech that having such things come to light that followed. It amuses me greatly that, that bitch TOS’d my IAM account for sending private diary entries to non IAM members. (which actually didn’t happen) that incident is derived from a certain Micheal Minter hacking into Jason’s e-mail due to a project they were working on and Micheal totally betrayed him and sending private E-MAILS to Rachel, pretending to be Jason. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there now is it? The fact of the matter is this: Rachel is a cunt, a woman’s genitals (IMHO) are the most intimate part of her body and seeing as how the tape in question was very limited to who had copies of it, including Rachel (the UN-edited version no less) somehow ended up in the hands of the police. How utterly convenient is that? I used to have a large amount of respect for the site in question. That is when it belonged to Shannon of course, whereupon I have a very hard time believing that such an incident would have ever happened.
Such incidents affect the modified community as a whole. She’s (as in the alleged “victim”) happy with how everything turned out (mod wise), the “accused” in question was found innocent of assault charges (as they should be). So perhaps its a small victory for the mod community as a whole. In any case I am beyond thrilled that this whole incident is “over” in terms of the investigation and that they won. However, I for one would not appreciate someone violating my privacy in such a manner of speaking had this happened to me. After all, its my fucking labia, Christ my body in general and I should be able to do with it what I choose to in a situation that I am most comfortable with.
So should she, and I see no reason why they should be punished for it either.